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An examination of how some define the word ‘jihad’
October 19, 2014
In the previous issue of Catholic Times, I wrote about the plight of Christians and other religious minorities who are being slaughtered or forced to flee from their homes in the Middle East by the terrorist militants known as the Islamic State. Some Muslim leaders have spoken out against the Islamic State, but their statements have not received widespread media coverage or their statements have been ambiguous.
Praying for peace, solutions in Middle East, Holy Land
October 05, 2014
As the genocide of Christians by the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) militants continues, our government and several countries of the international community, including some nations in the Middle East, have begun to mobilize against the terrorists accused of indiscriminate killings, abductions and rapes. The Islamic State militants are also killing other religious minorities and even fellow Muslims whom they do not consider to be true Muslims.
All of us strive mightily to be good stewards of our faith
September 21, 2014
My dear brothers and sisters, I am asking that each of you see yourself as a missionary disciple in assisting in the important work of growth in our parishes and in our diocese. This begins with gratefully recognizing that all that we have is a gift from the Lord, and out of that generosity, we respond with generosity by sharing those gifts with others and by supporting those services which assist the faithful to deepen their relationship with Christ so that they may become missionary disciples themselves, stewards of the gifts that they have received.
Do not dismiss despair, cries of Iraqi Christians
September 07, 2014
We should not dismiss the situation in Iraq as a far-away matter of no concern to us. U.S. intelligence officials said last month that the gains made in recent months by the Islamic State have bolstered its long-term ambitions in the West, including the United States. In light of this situation, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called for all people to pray for peace in Iraq. Catholics are also encouraged to let their elected representatives know of their concern for Christians and other religious minorities who are in dire straits in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and other countries.
What excommunication means, and does not mean
August 24, 2014
“Excommunication” is one of the most highly-charged and feared words connected with the Catholic faith. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Many people incorrectly believe that a person who has been excommunicated has been “kicked out” of the Catholic Church. They may also think that this is a permanent and irreversible punishment. The penalty may be viewed as harsh, lacking in charity, even un-Christian.
CAC helps young athletes practice, embrace faith
August 10, 2014
Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) is a national organization that serves Catholic athletes in the practice of their faith and shares the Gospel in and through sports. The goal of CAC is for sports-oriented clergy and lay people to help Catholic athletes, coaches and staff to utilize the unique platform given to them to reach the world for Jesus Christ and his church.
Jesus teaches us the proper way to judge others’ actions
July 27, 2014
My topic today concerns complaints. Not mine, but those that I receive. My mail is often filled with complaints. I try with the help of my staff to address them as best as possible. These efforts are frustrated, however, when the complaints come in the form of anonymous letters. Most of these wind up in the shredder without taking any further action. Let me explain why.
High court ruling affirms our religious liberty
July 13, 2014
It is important to understand clearly and accurately the issues and implications of the decision of the United States Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case announced at the end of its term on June 30.
Eucharist calls us to live our faith in this world
June 29, 2014
In conjunction with our celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi last Sunday, I officially promulgated my first pastoral letter to the clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois called Ars celebrandi et adorandi, (On the Art of Celebrating the Eucharistic Liturgy Properly and Adoring the Lord in the Eucharist Devoutly). Copies were mailed to everyone on the mailing list of our Catholic Times diocesan newspaper and are available online at our diocesan website (www.dio.org). I pray that this pastoral letter will be widely read and faithfully implemented, so that our celebrations of the liturgy may “be imbued with reverence, adoration and the glorification of God” and in this way recognize the Eucharist as, in the words of the Second Vatican Council, “the source and summit of all the Christian life.”
Fortnight for Freedom is call to defend religious liberty
June 15, 2014
For the third year in a row, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will conduct a “Fortnight for Freedom” a two-week period of prayer and action beginning on June 21, the vigil of the feasts of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, and culminating on July 4, Independence Day. The purpose of this effort is to issue a nationwide call to defend religious liberty and to urge the laity to work to protect the first freedom of the Bill of Rights.
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