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lessons from the consistory

The Catholic Review Editor’s note: The following text is excerpted from Cardinal O’Brien’s Mass of Thanksgiving homily, given March 4 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Baltimore, Maryland. Since this is a Mass of Thanksgiving, may I begin by thanking each of you for your presence here today, as well as the many more,...
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essons from the consistory

The Catholic Review Editor’s note: Cardinal O’Brien gave the following homily at the consistory pilgrimage farewell Mass at the Pontifical North American College Feb. 20 in Rome. There are two reasons why I think it is fitting to conclude this Consistory pilgrimage here at the Pontifical North American College. First, for us Baltimoreans, there has...
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To Rome with sobering thoughts of home

The Catholic Review As I go to Rome for next week’s consistory, at which I will be elevated to the College of Cardinals, I do so with thoughts of the faith and ethical traditions that have long marked the Church in Baltimore, and the ethical standards that have been the hallmarks of the Maryland “experiment.”...
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Pope’s words should inspire us all

The Catholic Review Canon law requires each Catholic bishop to make a pilgrimage (or ad limina visit) to Rome every five years to report on the state of his diocese and, while there, to “venerate the tombs of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and to present himself to the Roman Pontiff.” Joined by Bishops...
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What’s Old is New Again

The Catholic Review “What’s old is new again.” This well-known expression sums up the vast majority of the comments I’ve heard since our Church began using the new translation of the Roman Missal, the prayers we say each week at Mass, Nov. 26-27. Though the translation was intended to reflect more literally the original Latin...
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Youth ‘Focus’ on Vocations

The Catholic Review A study conducted in the 1980s indicated that most priests and religious first seriously thought about ministry around the age of 11 and then again in their junior year of high school. Two years after that study, “Focus 11” was born. First instituted in the Archdiocese of Detroit, the program had two...
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Youth ‘Focus’ on Vocations

The Catholic Review A study conducted in the 1980s indicated that most priests and religious first seriously thought about ministry around the age of 11 and then again in their junior year of high school. Two years after that study, “Focus 11” was born. First instituted in the Archdiocese of Detroit, the program had two...
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Silent Erosion of Religious Liberty

The Catholic Review “Religious Freedom expresses what is unique about the human person, for it allows us to direct our personal and social life to God, in whose light the identity, meaning and purpose of the person are fully understood,” – Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the World Day for Peace, January 1, 2011. Last...
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Bumper Sticker Ethics

The Catholic Review In the recent Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Benedict XVI invites us to advance the new evangelization in the context of migration by “seeking ways of fraternal sharing and respectful proclamation, overcoming opposition and nationalism. For their part, the Churches of origin, of transit and those that...
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Staying the Just Course

The Catholic Review The unfortunate story in this week’s Catholic Review about Our Lady of the Fields Church in Millersville underscores the Church’s critical responsibilities in the areas of child protection, human resources and finances. It also highlights the various systems that are in place to ensure compliance with the policies that govern how we...
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Gala: A Night to Remember

The Catholic Review This past Saturday, approximately 1,100 people came together at the Baltimore Convention Center to raise money for tuition assistance for the children of our Catholic schools. If those who attended the third annual Archdiocese of Baltimore Gala were as impressed by the program as I was, they left the event with far...
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Positive Signs for Schools

The Catholic Review As reported in last week’s Catholic Review, we are moving full speed ahead with a process for parish planning in the Archdiocese. Though it will be vastly different from the process undertaken for the reorganization of Catholic schools, it may have many asking where we are with the implementation of the schools...
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