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A pilgrimage to the city of saints; ‘My beloved KrakÓw’
August 07, 2016
Having just returned from World Youth Day with Pope Francis in Kraków, Poland, I am pleased to offer some reflections on this experience that I shared with 63 pilgrims from our Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and with countless more from all over the world.
Pope Francis, after a firestorm of criticism, amends his official remarks
July 24, 2016
It is important for couples entering into marriage to have a clear understanding of what the church teaches about the meaning of marriage so that they may enter into a valid marriage and receive the sacramental graces that flow to the baptized as husband and wife.
United States Supreme Court strikes at liberty again
July 10, 2016
Having just celebrated our country’s Independence Day, it is tragic that our nation has strayed so far from the principles enshrined by the founders of our country in the Constitution of the United States of America. One year ago, five lawyers sitting as justices of the United States Supreme Court disregarded not only the continuous constitutional and legal meaning of marriage as understood since the United States of America declared its independence 240 years ago, but indeed discarded the understanding of marriage as the union of male and female, as had been universally held as the natural order of creation since the dawn of civilization.
We cannot overcome evil relying only on our human resources
June 26, 2016
Words are hard to come by in the aftermath of the despicable shooting that took place on June 12 in Orlando, Fla., killing 49 people and wounding 53 others. At least, words are hard for me to come by. Some have been quick to use the massacre as a platform for their political agendas or their social ideologies. I am<br /> not a politician, so I will leave it to political authorities to devise policies that will bring these increasingly all-too-frequent horrific attacks to an end. I am a spiritual leader, so my words will focus on the spiritual realm.
Their ‘business practices’ stir emotions everywhere
June 12, 2016
Officials of Planned Parenthood complained bitterly about the use of what they called “deceptive” undercover tactics when a sting operation revealed last year that they were involved in the sale of body parts of aborted babies. Planned Parenthood does not like to be fooled, but they apparently have no qualms about acting deceptively themselves.
The beauty of the liturgy; what is your role?
May 29, 2016
As we celebrate the solemnity of the Body and the Blood of Christ, many of our parishes will have Corpus Christi processions carrying the Blessed Sacrament through our public streets. May our participation in these Corpus Christi processions serve as a witness to our faith in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist and as an expression of our belief that God is in our midst even in our everyday lives.
Bathrooms now legislated? Who knew?
May 15, 2016
Once again common sense has been turned on its head in our culture, this time by transgender activists agitating for people to be able to use the bathroom that they feel corresponds emotionally to their self-identified gender rather than the anatomical gender of their biological sex. The issue has emerged prominently in recent national and local news.
Pope: ‘. . . the family throughout the world is in crisis’
May 01, 2016
There have been various reactions to the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of His Holiness Pope Francis on Love in the Family, Amoris Laetitia, since it was released on April 8. Some praise it, some do not. Some find it helpful, others less so. Most everyone finds it to be very long, which means they will probably not read it, at least not in its entirety. I very quickly read the advance copy I received the night before it was released so I could talk about it intelligently in the television interviews I would have the next day. I offer these observations in keeping with my duty as diocesan bishop “to present and explain to the faithful the truths of the faith which are to be believed and applied to moral issues” (canon 386). I hope they are helpful.
I pray that you support and understand your priest
April 17, 2016
This issue of Catholic Times contains a list of official appointments transferring or assigning priests to new assignments. Some of these involve priests being given responsibilities at two or three parishes, while others have duties in the offices of our Catholic Pastoral Center or as chaplains at high schools, universities or prisons, in addition to parish responsibilities. I am very grateful to our priests for their generous willingness to accept these various pastoral ministries in response to the call they have received from me as their bishop.
Look to the future with hope, beyond failure, pain and disappointment
April 03, 2016
At times, we may be inclined to cry out, as Jesus did from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46). We may feel that way whenever we experience something bad in our personal lives, such as sickness or the death of a loved one, or in society, such as terrorist attacks or abortion or the attempt to redefine marriage legally. Why does God let such evils occur? We may feel forsaken and indeed cry out, “My God my God, why have you abandoned me?” So how do we get from feeling abandoned by God to expressions of praise for God’s goodness?
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