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Good can overcome evil in modern-day ‘culture war’
April 24, 2011
Many of the priests, nuns and lay Catholics in our diocese are descendants of German immigrants who left Germany in the 19th century during the Kulturkampf of the “Iron Chancellor” Otto von Bismarck of the German Empire.
Sacrament of penance: Where forgiveness can be found
April 10, 2011
This past April 2 marked the sixth anniversary of the death of our beloved Holy Father, the great Pope John Paul II. People at his funeral Mass at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican shouted in Italian, “Santo subito,” which means, may he become a saint quickly. Soon there were reports of miracles attributed to Pope John Paul II, and his beatification will take place on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday. We pray that this will be just an interim step on the way to his canonization as a saint.
Concept of ‘sacrifice’ is part of ancient tradition of church
March 27, 2011
In our Catholic tradition, we often speak of “giving something up” for Lent, whether that be candy, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, meat, movies or whatever habitually gives us a great deal of pleasure, satisfaction or enjoyment. The idea is not simply to break some bad habits on which we have become dependent — although that in itself is not a bad idea — but “giving something up” involves the theological concept of sacrifice.
Unions, common good seen in light of Catholic social teaching
March 13, 2011
Several state legislators from Wisconsin and Indiana have been spending the last few weeks in Illinois. We hope their stay in the Land of Lincoln will revitalize them so that they can return to their home states with a renewed commitment to carrying out their civic responsibilities for which they were elected and are paid to serve.
Called to prayer, fasting, almsgiving during season of Lent
February 27, 2011
Ash Wednesday falls on March 9 this year, marking the beginning of the season of Lent. In the Gospel for Ash Wednesday, Jesus reminds us that prayer, fasting and almsgiving are three key ways for us to make the most of this sacred season.
Sickness, suffering can hold special meaning for Christians
February 13, 2011
As in past years, Pope Benedict XVI again proclaimed Feb. 11, the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes, as the World Day of the Sick. This remembrance affords us the opportunity each year to reflect on the meaning of human suffering and to pray for the sick, as well as for all health care professionals who care for the sick.
Homily was call to remember persecuted Christians
January 30, 2011
The secular newspaper here in Springfield has recently published a letter to the editor and a column criticizing the homily that I gave at Christmas Midnight Mass in our Cathedral. In order to make sure that my views are fully and accurately represented, I will express myself here in the Catholic media.
We struggle to transform world into God’s kingdom
January 16, 2011
One of the most vexing questions we must face is how to deal with a real, apparent or potential conflict between the moral law established by our Creator and the civil laws posited by governmental authorities. How are we to view laws and judicial opinions that we consider to be unjust or at least wrongly decided? What is the proper relation between the public laws that govern all people and the rich understanding of justice that comes to us as members of the church and heirs of the Catholic intellectual tradition?
God has mercy for all, even those who take their own lives
January 02, 2011
The recent death of Springfield Mayor Timothy Davlin, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, has raised questions for some people regarding Catholic Church teaching about suicide and funerals for those who take their own lives.
Marian apparition in Wisconsin approved as ‘worthy of belief’
December 18, 2010
A rather significant news item occurred earlier this month that did not get reported in the secular media, so I would like to call it to your attention. Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis., announced on Dec. 8 that he officially approved the Marian apparitions known as “Our Lady of Good Help” at Champion, Wis., near Green Bay. This is significant because it makes Our Lady of Good Help at Champion the first and only site in the United States of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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