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Transparency and Accountability: The Release of Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Abuse

We have been called upon once again in these past months to address the issue of clergy sex abuse of minors, the suffering it causes, and the resulting loss of trust in the Church.  We have also discussed over the past several months ways in which greater transparency and accountability can be manifested. To that […]

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Letter to the Faithful

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Archdiocese of Washington, Pope Francis has accepted my resignation as Archbishop of Washington. I had the privilege of meeting with him to let him know of your pain, sadness and confusion from what has been revealed these past months.  With a heavy heart I said that I could no […]

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To Begin the Healing

In each Catholic church, school and many homes, we find a crucifix – the symbol of our Catholic faith.  It speaks to us of the profound truth that our Lord Jesus offered up his death on the Cross to redeem and heal us and open for us a new beginning. Thus the Church sings in […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

One of the most beautiful and popular themes of sacred art is that of the Madonna and Child, depicting Mary holding the Infant Jesus in her arms.  A less known image but equally beautiful and touching is the scene, often included in the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin, which shows the Risen Jesus holding the […]

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Laity’s Role in Rebuilding Trust is Well Documented

Today, the Catholic Standard published my thoughts on the role of the laity in addressing the current crisis we are all working to address.  You may read this article here.

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Standing for a Good and Just Society

The nation’s capital is host to many events, rallies and marches which voice concerns and opinions on any number of issues. These groups, of course, all have a right under the First Amendment to peaceably assemble and speak their mind, however distasteful others might find their ideas. Some of these gatherings the Church of Washington […]

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Throwback Thursday: The Passionate Love of Pope Paul VI for Christ and His Church

This coming October 14, Pope Paul VI will be canonized in a Mass where Archbishop Oscar Romero will also be formally recognized as a saint.  Looking forward to that day, now on the 40th anniversary of the end of his earthly sojourn, we remember with joy the life and ministry of soon-to-be Saint Paul VI. […]

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The Splendor of Truth – Pointing the Way to How We Should Live

The encyclical Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth), by Pope Saint John Paul II, brings us face-to-face with one of the transcendent joys of Christ’s Church – its capacity to proclaim the truth clearly, unequivocally and pastorally.  Published 25 years ago today, on August 6, 1993, this magisterial document addresses one of the great issues […]

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A Pastoral Reflection on How Our Church Can Move Forward

Today, I shared a Pastoral Reflection on how our Church can move forward in light of the recent news regarding Archbishop McCarrick. You may read it here.

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Throwback Thursday: Saints in the Making

We are all called to be saints – to be holy. As Saint Paul said to the Church in Thessalonica, “This is the will of God – your holiness” (1 Thessalonians 4:3).  Jesus himself issued the call in his Sermon on the Mount.  He was addressing the crowd when he said, “So be perfect, just […]

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