USCCB General Assembly

Slide #1 Thanks, very much, Cardinal Dolan. And welcome, everyone, to Baltimore! This morning I would like to offer a brief outline of the activity of the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty since we last met together in Atlanta. This presentation will have two parts. First I will review with you the activities that...
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Knights of Columbus Board Meeting

I. Introduction To say the least, the Scribes and Pharisees are not well-regarded in the pages of the New Testament. They were often seen as petty, legalistic, jealous of their prerogatives, and they were bested when they try to engage Jesus in debate, usually to the delight of the crowds. They are also among those...
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Knights of Columbus Board Meeting: Feast of St. Martin de Porres

I. Introduction Today’s saint, Martin de Porres, bears witness to the importance of prayer and humility in our interior lives and in our lives of service to others. In light of the Scripture readings we can see even more clearly what this beloved saint teaches us about following Christ as members of the family of...
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The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)

I. Introduction Saint Augustine, in his autobiography The Confessions, records so movingly his last moments with his mother, Saint Monica, as she lay dying, still only in her mid-fifties, in the Roman suburb of Ostia. Augustine and his brother were overcome with grief, and were discussing the practicalities of the funeral arrangements for their mother....
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Catholic Review Column: Remembering the Faithful Departed

As my friend and mentor, Cardinal Hickey, former Archbishop of Washington, advanced in years, he instructed me on what was not to happen at his funeral. “Don’t let them canonize me!” he said, “Tell them to pray for me!” Cardinal Hickey was a man of devout prayer, virtue, who served the Church effectively and devotedly,...
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Catholic Review Column: Question 4 and 6 and the New Evangelization

A few weeks ago, I joined a group of ecumenical leaders at Morgan State University in support of the Dream Act. A reporter covering the event asked me how the Church could support the Dream Act but be against legalizing same sex marriage. Weren’t we being inconsistent, he wanted to know. I told the reporter...
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Canonization of Kateri Techawitha and Marianne Cope

I. Introduction Let me begin by saying how happy I am to be here with all of you today. For many years, when I was a student at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg and later a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, I used to drive along the roads of Garrett/Allegany County on my...
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The New Evangelization and Religious Freedom: Malta Forum

I. Introduction: The Bad News before the Good News During an election season, we are buffeted and surfeited with polls some of which seem to point in conflicting directions. For that reason I hesitate to bring up yet another poll but this one may well deserve our attention. Recently the Pew Foundation did a survey...
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Catholic Review Column: Remembering the Painful Past

Next week, a federal appeals court will hear arguments regarding John Merzbacher’s request to be released from prison. John Merzbacher was a teacher at Catholic Community School in South Baltimore who sexually abused and terrorized multiple children during the 1970s. Without getting into the legal technicalities, Merzbacher and his attorneys claim he was never made...
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Rosary Reflection – Mass for Life and Liberty

I. Introduction: The Rosary Novena Dear friends, today we begin a Rosary Novena for Life and Liberty. The Church throughout the United States, in many dioceses, parishes, and church-related organizations, is making heroic efforts to defend life and liberty. How grateful we are for those who work so hard to protect the lives of the...
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Marian Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty

I. Introduction: Mary Seat of Wisdom On this beautiful autumn Sunday in which the Scripture readings speak to us about the Wisdom of God, we have gathered from near and far on pilgrimage to this august Basilica, dedicated to Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, the Seat of Wisdom. With Mary’s loving encouragement, we have...
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Opening of the Year of Faith

I. Introduction: New Beginnings It was nearly five months ago that I was installed as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore. Providentially, my installation occurred on the cusp of the Year of Faith which will official commence this coming Thursday, October 11th, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the II Vatican Council in Rome and...
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