Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

I. Introduction If we tried to compile a list of the 10 most intelligent people who ever lived, chances are that St. Thomas Aquinas would be on that list. As you know, he was a 12th century Dominican priest (and happy feast day, Sisters!) and remains one of the most brilliant thinkers in the history...
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3rd C Red Mass Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

I. Introduction Warmest thanks to you, Bishop Bransfield, for inviting me to take part in the Red Mass of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. It happens that this also is my first visit as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Baltimore. The Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston are not only neighbors but are also part...
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Catholic Review Column: Mysteries Carry Special Meaning this Year

This year’s celebration of the Lord’s birth, the Holy Innocents, and the Holy Family are more poignant than ever as we continue to pray for the grieving families in Newtown. The birth of the Eternal Son of God as a helpless child reminds us of how precious the life of each child is. The Holy...
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Catholic Review Column: A Helping Hand

Sometimes first impressions are the truest. The day before my announcement as Archbishop of Baltimore, I arrived at 408 N. Charles Street and rang the doorbell at what was to be my new residence. I don’t mind telling you that it was an overwhelming feeling waiting for that door to be opened. Though I had...
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Gathering for Seminarians and Families

I. Introduction By now many of us have become familiar with Msgr. Weiss, the Pastor of St. Rose of Lima, in Newtown. He has truly exemplified the priesthood at its best in the way he and the young priests who serve with him reached out in love to the grieving families in his parish and...
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Catholic Review Column: Rebuilding Lives of Faith

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a debate is underway about the best way to rebuild. Many residents of coastal areas that were devastated by that terrible storm would not only like to have their homes restored but also to re-build them so as to withstand future storms. No one can realistically imagine that Sandy...
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Christmas 2012

I. Introduction This is my first Christmas as Archbishop of Baltimore and it is a moment to say how grateful I am for the warm welcome I have received from all of you and from all parts of the Archdiocese. Like most people, I look forward to Christmas joy and to all the festivities that...
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Catholic Review Column: The Greatest Story Ever Told

The Christmas Story may well be the greatest story ever told. No, not the book and movie of the same name about a boy’s obsessive desire for the holy grail of Christmas presents: a Red Rider BB Gun. I am referring to the real Christmas Story, the true story of the birth of Jesus Christ...
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Gaudete Sunday C

I. Introduction As all of us are painfully aware, last Friday morning, in Newtown, Connecticut, a town in the Diocese I previously served, an unspeakable tragedy occurred and now people all across the nation and around the world are mourning the loss of so many innocents. For me the tragedy struck in a personal way...
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Letter from Archbishop Lori Regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

Letter from Archbishop Lori Former Bishop of Bridgeport Read at all Masses on Sunday, Dec. 16, at St. Rose of Lima Parish Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Along with you, and along with the rest of our nation and, indeed, the rest of the world, I was shocked and horrified to learn of what...
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Catholic Review Column: What the Lord Wants for Christmas

As you read this column, you are probably in the throes of Christmas shopping. No doubt you’ve made your list and checked it twice – all in an effort to find appropriate gifts for spouses, children, friends, and colleagues. After all, gift-giving, especially at Christmas, is more than a superficial social obligation. Our gifts should...
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Catholic Review Column: Merzbacher Case

The Baltimore Sun recently wrote an article recounting the horrible abuse committed by John Merzbacher, a former school teacher who terrorized students in the 1970s at Catholic Community School in South Baltimore. The Sun’s story did not break new ground, but rather it re-told a tragic story that the pages of the Catholic Review and...
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