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How one pro-life decision changed the world

How one pro-life decision changed the world

| October 13, 2011

Here is a real story about a woman who respected life, and her choice made a difference in virtually every one of our lives:

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Great hope for our church’s future

Great hope for our church’s future

| September 29, 2011

Our young people had a tremendous religious experience at World Youth Day in Madrid

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A serious threat to religious freedom

A serious threat to religious freedom

| September 15, 2011

there has arisen a very serious threat to the religious freedom of all religious institutions, especially our Catholic health care programs and Catholic social services, a threat posed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Reflections on World Youth Day

Reflections on World Youth Day

| September 1, 2011

A pilgrimage, I said, was quite different from a guided tour of a foreign country. On a vacation tour one does what one wants to do. On a pilgrimage one goes in search of the living God. Thus, a pilgrimage involves as much “interior” effort as the external, physical effort.

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Pornography – an addiction that can be overcome

Pornography – an addiction that can be overcome

| August 18, 2011

While watching the evening news on the second Sunday of July, I was intrigued to hear that one of the local Detroit evangelical churches had declared their weekly gathering to be “Porn Sunday.”

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Strengthening our Catholic schools

Strengthening our Catholic schools

| August 4, 2011

My staff likes to make sure that I have plenty to do while away for vacation, so this year they presented me with the report and recommendations of the Catholic Schools Commission, which I convened last December as part of our Archdiocesan Strategic Plan.

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Answering God’s call to a vocation

Answering God’s call to a vocation

On March 5 of this year, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, visited the major Roman seminary on its patronal feast of Our Lady of Confidence. Interestingly enough, we have a statue in the chapel of our own St. Paul Seminary dedicated to our Blessed Lady under this title.

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Writing as a pastor, not a politician

Writing as a pastor, not a politician

In early June, I wrote a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers about the present crisis over the state budget. Some commentators interpreted my message as favoring one party’s approach over another’s. That was not correct.

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Praying for our pope, our priests and vocations

Praying for our pope, our priests and vocations

It was announced in these pages two weeks ago that the archdiocese will hold a period of 60 hours of eucharistic adoration in honor of Pope Benedict XVI’s 60th anniversary of priestly ordination.

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Marriage amendment deserves our support

Marriage amendment deserves our support

Regrettably, the media and some secular commentators have chosen to mischaracterize this measure as anti-gay, mean-spirited and prejudicial. This is not the case or the intent behind the initiative.

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Budgeting with the common good in mind

Budgeting with the common good in mind

Obviously, both sides of the aisle face very difficult choices about how to balance needs and resources as well as how to allocate burdens and sacrifices.

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Preparing for the new Roman Missal

Preparing for the new Roman Missal

Part of the rich legacy that we have inherited from the now Blessed John Paul II is a new Roman Missal, a text he issued in the Jubilee Year of 2000, but not released until 2002.

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