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All Sinners Are Welcome!

While I was in central Georgia, filming the Flannery O’Connor episode of my Pivotal Players series, I saw a sign on the outside of a church, which would have delighted the famously prickly Catholic author: “All Sinners Are Welcome!” I thought it was a wonderfully Christian spin on the etiquette of welcome that is so pervasive in our culture today. In a time of almost complete ethical relativism, the one value that everyone seems to accept is inclusivity, and the only disvalue that everyone seems to abhor is exclusivity. What I especially liked about the sign in Georgia was that it compels us to make some distinctions and think a bit more precisely about this contemporary moral consensus.

¡Bienvenidos Todos Los Pecadores!

Mientras estaba en Georgia, filmando el episodio de Flannery O’Connor para mi serie Pivotal Players, vi un cartel a la salida de una Iglesia que le hubiera encantado a la famosa y escabrosa escritora católica: “¡Bienvenidos todos los pecadores!” Me pareció que era un precioso giro cristiano al lema de acogida que impregna nuestra cultura actual. En un tiempo de casi total relativismo moral, el único valor que todos parecen aceptar es la inclusividad, y lo único que todos parecen aborrecer es la exclusividad. Lo que me gustó especialmente del cartel en Georgia es que nos obliga a hacer ciertas distinciones y a pensar con un poco más de precisión sobre el consenso moral de nuestros tiempos.

Getting out of the Sacristy: A Look at Our Pastoral Priorities

For the past several days, I’ve been with my Word on Fire team, filming for the Flannery O’Connor and Fulton Sheen episodes of our “Pivotal Players” series. Our journey has taken us from Chicago to New York to Washington, DC, and finally to Savannah and Millidgeville, GA. At every step of the way, we have met numerous people who have been affected by Word on Fire materials: sermons, podcasts, YouTube videos, and the “CATHOLICISM” series. Many have told me that their exposure to Word on Fire started a process that led them back to the Church. Now I’m telling you this not as an advertisement for my media ministry, but rather as an occasion to muse about what I consider to be a needful change in the way the Church thinks about its essential work.

Salir de la Sacristía: Una mirada a nuestras prioridades pastorales

Desde hace varios días, he estado con mi equipo de Word on Fire, filmando los episodios de Flannery O’Connor y Fulton Sheen para nuestra serie The Pivotal Players. Nuestro viaje nos ha llevado de Chicago a Nueva York a Washington DC, y finalmente a Savannah y Millidgeville. A cada paso del camino nos hemos encontrado con personas a las que les ha llegado el material de Word on Fire: homilías, podcasts, videos de Youtube y la serie CATOLICISMO. Muchos me han dicho que su contacto con Word on Fire empezó un proceso que les ha traído de vuelta a la Iglesia. Y no les digo esto para hacer propaganda de mi ministerio en los medios, sino como una ocasión para reflexionar acerca de lo que considero debe ser un cambio en la forma en la que la Iglesia piensa acerca de su labor más esencial.

What “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Gets Right and Wrong

The original “Jurassic Park” film from twenty-five years ago rather inventively explored a theme that has been prominent in Western culture from the time of the Romantic reaction to the Enlightenment—namely, the dangers of an aggressive and arrogant rationalism. But what is bothersome in the latest film, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” is the emergence of a new and much more problematic motif.

Reverend Gerard LeBoeuf

The status of Reverend Gerard LeBoeuf was discussed by Bishop Arturo Cepeda during weekend liturgies at Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson, June 23 – 24, 2018.  For a link to the letter shared with parishioners, click here.

Reverend Anthony Richter

Reverend Anthony Richter appointed Temporary Administrator of Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson, effective July 14, 2018, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Lincoln Park.

Monsignor Timothy Hogan

Monsignor Timothy Hogan relieved of his duties as Temporary Administrator of Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson, effective July 13, 2018.  Monsignor Hogan is the Pastor of St. Fabian Parish, Farmington Hills.

Regarding Msgr Arthur Michael Karey

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Monsignor Arthur Michael Karey (1918–1993). Ordained in 1943. More than two decades after his death, an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor was brought forward to the Archdiocesan Review Board, considered, and deemed to be credible.

Parish assignments included serving as associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier, Ecorse (1944); St. Lawrence, Detroit (1949); St. John the Evangelist, Detroit (1952); and, as pastor at St. Joseph, Lake Orion (1964); Christ the King, Detroit (1968); and St. Aloysius, Detroit (1980).

The Archdiocese of Detroit places no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and other personnel and/or to speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator c/o (866) 343-8055 or vac@aod.org.


Archbishop of Detroit condemns family separation at border

Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron on Wednesday released the following statement, condemning the separation of children from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border:

“We have a broken immigration system, one that separates children from their parents. This is wrong and cannot be tolerated, as it traumatizes and damages the youngest, most vulnerable among us.

“Failures in the system are not particular to the current administration; they go back many years. It is time our elected officials work together to accomplish two goods: ensuring the security of our borders and, at the same time, treating all people with the respect and dignity to which they are entitled as children of God.”

In addition, the archbishop appeared Tuesday on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program, addressing our “broken” immigration system.

This interview came on the heels of a statement released last week by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, rejecting the practice of family separation. This statement was covered widely by various media outlets.

Archbishop Vigneron has previously spoken publicly about the need for Christian, humane approaches to immigration. Last year, he spoke at a St. Patrick’s Day Mass about the importance of treating all newcomers with dignity. In 2016, he referred to family separation as a “fundamental wrong” that must be avoided. His statement that year coincided with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Memorial of St. Juan Diego.