From the Bishop

Reflections on 10 years as a bishop

September marked my 10th anniversary of ordination to the episcopacy. There were four remarkable aspects to the ordination ceremony, beyond the power of the prayer and the sacrament itself. First of all, it did not take place in the cathedral in Detroit (which would have been the norm) because the cathedral was being renovated. (However, my ordinations to the diaconate and the priesthood also did not take place at the cathedral, but those are other stories.) So there must be some kind of aversion to cathedrals on my part!

What is your relationship to Jesus?

A new parish year begins! A task which has been given to all our parish councils is discussion of the pastoral letter, Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord. This is not just an ordinary discussion, however. Our parish leadership is to examine their own relationship with Jesus and thus the degree to which they feel impelled to witness to Jesus, as Lord and savior and teacher and friend.

What is marriage?

Recently, the president, the head of our government, has stated that it is time to change the meaning of marriage, such that persons with same-sex attractions should be able to be married. This claim has been raised by many in our country. The argument usually goes something like this: “All persons are equal and have equal rights; marriage is a right for those who love each other; thus, as long as two people love each other, why should they not have the same rights as others?”

Racism is a sin

“Racism is a sin that constitutes a serious offense against God,” to quote Pope St. John Paul II. (Aug. 26, 2001)

Abraham Lincoln on March 4, 1865, shortly before his assassination, made this comment about the effects of slavery on our country:


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