April 21, 2019

Transformation (What Really Matters – V)

Happy Easter! I anticipate that many of you reading this don’t come to Mass every week but are here because it’s a special day.  First, welcome! Second, I’d like to follow up here on what I wrote last week (Palm Sunday).  My theme then was that there is no escape […]
November 11, 2018

For Those Who Haven’t Heard

At the Masses last weekend, in my State of the Parish Report, I announced that Bishop Barres has accepted my request to retire as pastor here effective June 2019.  I believe that the mission of the parish – to change lives through the Risen Christ – can be well-served in […]
November 4, 2018

The State of Our Parish – 2018

There‘s more to be said than I have time for in my State of the Parish Report from the pulpit this week.  Here I want to address briefly two threads that connect us to the larger church and culture; we have to remember that we don’t live in a vacuum.
October 28, 2018

Saints and Souls – II

Friday is All Souls’ Day so let’s talk about Purgatory.  Start with a story. Some years ago I walked into a wake service to preside and, since I didn’t know the deceased, looked for a family member to give me a bit of background.  One of the sons came up […]
October 21, 2018

Saints and Souls – I

A week from Thursday is All Saints’ Day, and the day after is All Souls’.  So I want to use these two weeks’ columns to write about the Communion of Saints.
October 12, 2018

Does Pope Francis “Get It”?

I have a great deal of respect for our Holy Father, and as a Catholic and a priest I owe him (and give him) great deference – to him personally, not only to his office.  But it’s quite legitimate to ask whether he truly understands the gravity of the situation […]
October 7, 2018

Waiting for the Proof of the Pudding

It’s “in the eating,” as the old proverb says.  But in the midst of the ongoing scandal of sex-abuse coverup in the church I want to point to a few people in high places who I think “get it” and are saying so.  We need to wait and see if […]
September 30, 2018

The Ongoing Disaster

– of the sex abuse scandal and its coverup is effectively destroying the credibility of the Catholic Church.  (“Disaster” is not my word: It’s Cardinal Dolan’s; but I couldn’t agree more.) And as for impact on the church’s ability to do its job, consider these figures from a recent (Sept. […]
September 16, 2018

Actions, not Words

There have been a lot of calls for “prayer (and fasting, sometimes)” since the revelations of clergy sex abuse, its coverup, and too-frequent leadership incompetence that began (again!) last July.  I think prayer and fasting are important in the midst of this mess, and have said so; but there’s something […]
September 9, 2018

No Way to Run a Church

The still-unfolding (as I write) mess in Catholic Church leadership is drawing unfavorable attention onto our church from every direction.  Ideological groups left and right, inside and outside the church, are trying to use it to further their agendas, to no one’s long-term benefit.  And it has created doubt in […]