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Papal Visit 2015: Experience & Reflections of a Bishop

Papal Visit 2015: Experience & Reflections of a Bishop To state the obvious, papal visits to the U.S. don't happen every day. With that in mind, I certainly could not miss the opportunity as a bishop to be a part of such a historic event. As a bishop, I had been given the opportunity to participate in various events with Pope Francis in Washi...
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Friday, October 02, 2015

We must see through Jesus' eyes

We must see through Jesus' eyes             In the Encyclical, Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), published on 29 June 2013, Pope Francis explained the nature of Christian faith as follows:  “In faith, Christ is not simply the one in whom we believe, the supreme man...
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

The interrelatedness of life and creation

The interrelatedness of life and creation Pope Francis has lamented the fact that a drastic drop in the stock market grabs the headlines and prompts more attention than the capsizing of an overcrowded boat of refugees or some other devastation to human life.  Recently, social media has been lit up by the public outcry over the illegal...
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

We must embrace a consistent ethic of life

We must embrace a consistent ethic of life     Most of us are familiar with a well-known quip from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet; “What’s in a name?”  At the risk of labeling ourselves or others, we tend to use various words to describe personal characteristics, qualities or positions.  However...
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Monday, July 13, 2015

An Encyclical for the 21st Century

An Encyclical for the 21st Century Pope Francis’ newly released Encyclical Letter on the Environment, Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to you”), is very much in line with Catholic Social Teaching and pronouncements of previous popes.  In his own unique style, with his encyclical letter emphasizing “care for...
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Monday, June 29, 2015

We are called to proclaim the Gospel truth beyond popular opinion

We are called to proclaim the Gospel truth beyond popular opinion             For the fourth consecutive year, the Bishops of the United States are calling on all the faithful to keep the Fortnight for Freedom, June 21-July 4.  This year’s theme, “Freedom to Bear Witness,” draws on the...
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Message to 2015 high school graduates

Message to 2015 high school graduates Following is Bishop Charles C. Thompson’s message to 2015 graduates of Mater Dei, Reitz Memorial, Rivet and Washington Catholic High Schools.               The diocesan theme for this 2014-15 academic year has focused on each Cathol...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

We must cultivate a culture of dialogue

We must cultivate a culture of dialogue               Life is filled with noise, constant chatter, a barrage of sounds.  Apart from the sounds of nature and some music, however, there is little evidence of harmony.  This seems especially true among human beings. ...
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Monday, May 04, 2015

Life's rhythm includes rebirth, new life and rejoicing

Life's rhythm includes rebirth, new life and rejoicing There is an appointed time for everything,  and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot the plant. A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a...
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Pastoral letter on poverty serves as Lenten call

Pastoral letter on poverty serves as Lenten call               The Season of Lent is a privileged time of grace for spiritual renewal, necessary for individuals as well as communities.  Firmly rooted in the Church’s understanding of conversion for both mind and heart as a life...
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Monday, March 02, 2015