Holy Father’s visit inspires our church, nation

“Love is our mission.” This was the theme of both Pope Francis’ trip to the United States and the World Meeting of Families — a gathering of about 18,000 participants from more than 100 countries held in Philadelphia at the same time as the Holy Father’s visit. I had the opportunity to hear Pope Francis…

Planned Parenthood videos reflect ‘throwaway culture’

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Like so many others, I have been shocked and offended by the recent series of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting and sale of tissue and organs from aborted children. These practices reflect what Pope Francis calls the “throwaway culture” — one that treats human life…

Boy Scouting decision will require ongoing evaluation

Recently, the Boy Scouts of America decided to allow openly gay adult leaders and employees to serve in its ranks at the national level. This decision has raised concerns about how it might impact local troops and councils, particularly Catholic-chartered organizations. The National Catholic Committee on Scouting said in a recent letter that it appears…

Homily for Adoration for Fortnight For Freedom

June 28, 2015 4 p.m. Homily for Adoration for Fortnight For Freedom, Cathedral of St. Mary, St. Cloud, MN by Bishop Donald Kettler, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Cloud We gather here today in prayer during another annual Fortnight For Freedom, Call to Prayer. I am certainly here to lead and facilitate your prayer about…

Bishop Kettler’s Statement Re: Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision

  June 26, 2015 Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in opposition to the truth of marriage. Marriage remains the union of one man and one woman committed to lifelong love and its potential to create and care for new life. Traditional marriage is the foundation of family life. Marriage witnesses to the complementarity of…

Making a commitment to be better stewards of God’s creation

We are blessed here in Minnesota with bountiful natural resources — lakes, rivers, forests and farmland that God has given to us and asks us to take care of. In his new encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis reminds us that we are to be good stewards of these gifts. Proper care for God’s creation is…

Building interfaith bridges of peace

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting at the chancery with faith leaders from the St. Cloud area — Christian, Muslim and Jewish. We shared lunch, including some delicious food brought by our Somali guests. But the main reason for the meeting was to get to…

Easter reminds us that Good Friday isn’t the end of the story

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Several weeks ago, during the Rite of Election at St. Mary’s Cathedral, I had the privilege of welcoming people from throughout our diocese who will be fully initiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil.During these 40 days of Lent, they have been making their final preparations for what…

Lent: Time to stop, look and listen

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, This past weekend I had the privilege of attending our annual diocesan Catholic Men’s Conference at St. John’s University and presiding at the closing Mass in the Abbey Church. The conference has become an annual tradition for many fathers, sons, grandfathers and other men who want to start their…

Working to strengthen our St. Cloud-area Catholic schools

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Visiting our Catholic schools is one of my favorite things to do as I travel around the diocese. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet staff and students and hear about the good work they’re doing in the classroom. For me, these visits also reinforce something very important, something I…