Gun Violence: A Call For Constructive Dialogue

This week, President Obama raised the need for this nation to address gun violence. The manner in which this Administration and Congress have confronted this issue in the past has proven to be ineffective. What is needed is a constructive dialogue about the violence that is taking so many innocent lives and crippling our society. It is past time for this nation and this Congress to come to grips with the violence that is growing in our nation. With regard to gun control, we must as a nation find the right balance between the common […]

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – General Session 2015

I am presently in Baltimore for our annual November Bishops’ Meeting. This working session of the entire body of US Bishops takes place every year in Baltimore. Our meetings are basically broken up into three parts; regional meetings, public session for the whole body (Monday – Tuesday), and executive session, (Wednesday) which is closed to the public cameras and observers. Thursday morning will allow some time for the bishops to pray together. This year a retired bishop will offer a reflection. There will be time for Eucharistic Adoration, and a good group of confessors will […]

Labor Day and the Dignity of Human Work

On this Labor Day, we give thanks to God for the dignity of human labor.  Think of the many families that are supported through the labor of individuals.  I remember well the life my family had due to the hard work of my father, and of the loving care of our home and family by my mother.  We did not have a lot, and we did not take fancy vacations, but what we had were lots of good memories as a family. Each of us children had our own chores to perform as well.  On […]

Back On The Holy Hill

Today marks the completion of two weeks on the road. I’m at St. Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary in Southern Indiana this morning. I’m looking forward to visiting with our three seminarians studying here as well as with the faculty, and celebrating the community Mass today.  I remember as a seminarian looking forward to visits by my Archbishop, and now, I enjoy the opportunity to get to know my seminarians and hear how they are growing in discernment and formation. The first week of November I was in St. Paul for meetings with Catholic Rural Life.  We […]

Colloquium on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament

This colloquium was held at Stanford University on Friday, April  25, 2014.  The event was hosted by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Menlo Park, California, and sponsored by the University of Notre Dame, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the USCCB, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs of Georgetown University and Boston College, and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. The colloquium gathered statesmen, policy makers, ethicists, theologians, students and Bishops with the express goal of defining the present state of the world affairs, […]

Renewed Focus On Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament

Last Friday I had the opportunity to join a highly qualified group of individuals interested in raising awareness to the serious threat still posed to today’s world by nuclear weapons. I am presently writing up my own reflections from this day-long colloquium which I will share here very soon. For now, I wish to share today’s press release from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishops, Policy Specialists, Other Catholic Leaders Convene Renewed Effort on Nuclear Disarmament at Stanford University April 28, 2014 WASHINGTON—Nuclear weapons “present an existential threat to mankind,” said former U.S. Secretary […]

USCCB Plenary Meeting 2013 Drawing To A Close

As our 2013 Plenary meeting of the US Bishops’ Conference draws near to conclusion, a special statement was issued at the close of our executive session today. I share that with this readership now, in the hopes that after I get home, a more complete review may be offered. The bishops of this country have just concluded their traditional fall meeting in Baltimore and have spent time on issues important to them and their people: help to those suffering from Typhoon Haiyan; an update on the situation in Haiti; matters of worship and teaching; service […]

Culture Crisis Requires A Faith Response

I field a fairly regular question these days, and it goes something like this: “Bishop, what are the bishops going to do about…the HHS Mandate, or the recent Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act, or religious liberty, or about the growing support for same sex marriage?”  Obviously, there is no simple or immediate answer to such questions, but it begs a broader base of responsibility than the bishops alone. First, it is important to know that the Bishop’s Conference has taken a very strong, public stance on a number of fronts, especially […]

Life: Origins in the Trinity

St. Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians teaches: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world…”  This is perhaps one of the clearest Scriptural teachings that the Author of life is God, through the Word, Jesus Christ.  St. Catherine of Siena must have been profoundly aware of this text when she teaches about the generative Love of God.  In her Dialogue, St. Catherine reveals this prolific […]

Fortnight For Freedom Mass & Homily

On this Vigil for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the faithful gathered for our Mass to mark the celebration of the Fortnight For Freedom.  Below is the Homily. Thank you for your presence here today to celebrate this Eucharist.  Thank you for your presence with us to pray for one of our most basic human freedoms, the freedom of religion. As many of you know, our US Bishops have called us in these days to a time of intense prayer for the protection of religious liberty, otherwise known as a the Fortnight For […]

By Daniele Zedda • 18 February


By Daniele Zedda • 18 February

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