My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,The recent meeting held by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on the Protection of Minors in the Church, commonly known as the sex abuse summit, has not received very favorable coverage in the press.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, as Lent begins, so does the 40 days of preparation to celebrate the Pascal Mystery – forty days of preparation to celebrate the Pascal Mystery.
On behalf of the people who are served throughout our Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens, we begin the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal by thanking those who generously responded to the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal.
As Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, one of my most important responsibilities has been, and continues to be, addressing the pain caused by the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy in Brooklyn and Queens.
Thank you for coming to this, the 119th Anniversary dinner for the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn. The Club was founded in 1900 – not by me – but by then Father George Mundelein, who would later become Cardinal Mundelein of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Since becoming Bishop of Brooklyn in October of 2003, each week I have written the column “Put Out into The Deep” for The Tablet. I sometimes wonder if anyone reads the column. My column last week on the question of whether Governor Andrew Cuomo should be excommunicated from the Church, generated many comments and letters.
Having just returned from World Youth Day in Panama gives me a chance to tell you about this life-changing event for many young people from around the world. These events are held every two to three years. I, myself, have participated in every World Youth Day since the Year 2000. During these events, one can see that the youth come to a deeper appreciation of their faith, not only encountering the Holy Father but also fellow young Catholics from all over the world.
Catholic Schools Week is a time for everyone to celebrate the great success stories of Catholic education within the Diocese of Brooklyn.
January has been designated as Poverty Awareness Month by many organizations. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops joins with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in calling attention to the issue of poverty, especially in our own country.
Each January, we remember a sad part of our American history that happened in the 1970s with the Supreme Court ruling in Roe vs. Wade which made abortion legal for any reason up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, and any time after that if the mother’s life is at risk.