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A final word (for now) on marriage

With this column I bring to a conclusion a lengthy catechesis on the subject of marriage and family life. I wish to briefly recall that the reason for this extended teaching has been the attention being given these days throughout the universal Church to this important topic. We are between two synods of the world’s bishops on the subject of the pastoral care of the family. Also we are preparing for a World Meeting of Families to be held this fall in Philadelphia with our Holy Father.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The dignity of homosexual persons and marriage
“Who am I to judge?”  These may well be the most often quoted words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis.  They were delivered during an informal interview given by the Pope.  These words have very often been taken out of context and used to imply the Holy Father’s support for all sorts of things, most notably the gay lifestyle and even same-sex “marriage.”
Conjugal love and the gift of life
Blessed Pope Paul VI made what, at the time, seemed to some like exaggerated predictions of what could happen in society. He predicted that there could be an increase in marital infidelity, a general lowering of moral standards, a disregard for the reverence due to women in their dignity as human beings (making them into instruments to satisfy man’s desire), and the interference of government in the most intimate and personal dimensions of marital life and sexual love.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Toward a theology of the body

In this series of columns containing a catechesis on marriage, before we go on to address the final two “hot button” issues current in our time, we need to discuss something very fundamental to marriage and even to the human person. This is the purpose and meaning of the gift of human sexuality.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015
What is 'essential' to marriage?

As we continue this important catechesis on marriage, it is time for us to bring together two important facts about sacramental marriage. We need to see how the essential properties and elements of marriage are, in a sacramental union, strong signs of Christ’s love for the Church.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015
What are the effects of a sacramental marriage?

In this catechesis on the nature of marriage we have been considering what marriage is as revealed by God and as written in the very nature of the human person, created as male and female. Most recently we have seen that Jesus Christ has taken the natural institution of marriage and elevated it to the dignity of a sacrament between baptized spouses. We saw that this sacramental bond is a sign of Christ’s nuptial bond with his Bride, the Church.


Thursday, February 5, 2015
'. . . as Christ loved the Church'
In my last column we continued our exploration of the Church’s teaching regarding marriage by introducing what we mean when we call marriage between two baptized persons a “sacrament.” It might serve well to review that previous column. Here I would like to reflect more deeply on the Sacrament of Marriage.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Marriage as a Sacrament
We continue our catechesis on marriage with a look at what we mean when we call marriage a “sacrament.”
Monday, January 5, 2015
But what is a sacrament?

In the first installment of this catechesis on marriage, we explored the very nature of marriage as it comes forth from the hand of God who created the human person, male and female, in his own image and likeness. We discovered that all marriages, whether sacramental or not, have four essential elements and properties.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014
A Catechesis on Marriage
As I stated at the end of my last column on the Extraordinary Synod on Marriage, I believe we are currently reaping the fruit of 50 to 60 years of inadequate and failed efforts to form and catechize ourselves as to the true nature, purpose and meaning of marriage. I intend with this column to begin a formal teaching on this matter. This seems like a good time as we prepare for next year’s Ordinary Synod on Marriage and as we prepare for the World Meeting of Families to take place in Philadelphia next year.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
A tale of two synods

At our recent meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, Md., the bishops from the United States who participated in the recent Extraordinary Synod on the pastoral challenges of the family reported on their experiences. One of them, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, spoke of a “tale of two synods.” By this he meant that the synod as reported and covered by much of the media did not match his own experience at the synod. He jokingly stated that he must have been at the wrong synod!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Am I my brother's keeper?
When God confronted Cain after callously killing his own brother, Abel, Cain responds to God with the now famous question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9)  This phrase from the Sacred Scripture has been used throughout the ages to help ponder our responsibility toward one another in the community of the human family.
Pope Francis on the devil
I date myself by adapting an old advertising slogan from years ago when I say, “When Pope Francis talks, people listen.” That cannot be denied. Our Holy Father has a very “plainspoken” style that many find refreshing. He “tells it like it is,” as they say. He has even made some comments that have been taken out of context and misinterpreted and misrepresented. His classic “who am I to judge” remark is a perfect example of this.
A summer of change
We have been going through some very significant changes at the Pastoral Center, the “headquarters,” if you will, of the Archdiocese of Portland, serving the many parishes and schools of western Oregon.  I can say without hesitation that these changes are not easy, but that they are timely and needed for us to move forward with the work of the New Evangelization in this local Church.
Under Our Lady's Mantle
One of the most moving moments for me since the election of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, occurred on the day after his election. Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the Roman Basilica of St. Mary Major. There he prayed before the image of our Lady under her title “Protectress of the Roman People” an image very dear to the faithful of Rome.  What was Pope Francis’ first instinct upon his election as supreme pastor of the universal Church? To run to our Blessed Mother for her motherly love, guidance and protection!
Lenten practices: It's not an 'either/or' but a 'both/and'
I remember as a young person growing up in Catholic school a trend which tended to de-emphasize traditional Lenten practices of penance in favor of works of charity.  It went something like this:  It is more important to do something positive for someone else than to deny yourself something. Even at the time it struck me that there was something not quite right about that.
A consultation on marriage and family

Dec. 6, 2013
It has been all over the news (both secular and religious) that the Holy See (the Vatican) has asked for a consultation on marriage and family life in preparation for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome in 2014. The theme of this extraordinary synod will be The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.


The month of All Souls
Nov. 1, 2013
Many of us remember growing up referring to the month of November as the “month of All Souls.” By this we mean that it is a time of the year when we spend special time praying for our loved ones who have died, and even praying for the deceased who are strangers to us, but nevertheless in need of our prayers. It is also a month when we make special effort to visit the graves of our loved ones, praying for them there as they await the resurrection of the body at the end of time.

A 'culture of waste'
Oct. 4, 2013
Just one day after the publication of the now famous interview with Pope Francis that had many wondering if the new Pope would somehow be “soft” on the issue of abortion, he made some of the strongest remarks I have seen from a Pope condemning this moral and social evil. In an address to OB/GYN doctors our Holy Father had the following to say:

A family wedding
Sept. 20, 2013
One of the special “perks” of being a priest (or bishop) is that you have the privilege of celebrating weddings in your own family. I recently had the honor of celebrating the nuptial Mass of my oldest niece, who is also my goddaughter. The experience had me reflecting on the true meaning of marriage, especially at a time when marriage and family life are in such trouble, and when efforts are afoot to redefine the essential meaning of the marital covenant itself.

The three 'fronts' of the New Evangelization
Aug. 16, 2013
It seems like we have been hearing and talking about the “New Evangelization” for at least two decades now. But what does it really mean, and how will it happen? Blessed John Paul II first introduced us specifically to this concept, and Pope Benedict XVI moved the mission forward by establishing a Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, conducting a world synod of bishops on the New Evangelization, and by calling the Year of Faith. Pope Francis seems poised to continue this great enterprise, adding his own unique thrust to it.

First impressions

As of this writing it has been just a little over two months since I was installed as the new Archbishop of Portland. It has been a true “whirlwind” since that beautiful installation Mass at the University of Portland on April 2. My time has been occupied with getting up to speed on the operations at the Pastoral Center, unpacking and getting settled into my new home, and meeting new people who are involved in the life of the Church here in Western Oregon. And then came the Confirmation circuit! I understand that my predecessor, Archbishop Vlazny, referred to this as the “Chrism Trail.” Clever!


Thursday, June 6, 2013
New beginnings a source of encouragement, inspiration

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the last couple of months have been quite a ride for those of us who are Catholic or who follow closely events in the Catholic Church. At the end of January it was announced to the good people of the Archdiocese of Portland that they would soon receive a new shepherd, namely yours truly.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013


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