Witnessing to nonviolence and the sanctity of life

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in our nation. Almost 58 million unborn children have lost their lives in the wake of this tragic ruling, and millions of women and men have been wounded in various ways from their involvement in…

Reflecting the light of Christ this Christmas

“O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.” — O Antiphon of Advent We will experience the longest night of the year in just a few days — on Dec. 21, the winter solstice. For ancient people who…

This Advent, bring Christ’s love, mercy to a world in need

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, The world continues to mourn with the people of France after the murder of so many innocent people in Paris one week ago. As Pope Francis said, such violence and hatred is an affront to the dignity of the human person and can never be justified, whether it’s in…

Extending ‘the circles of Christ’s love throughout our world’

This year, in every nation on earth, World Mission Sunday will be observed on the weekend of Oct. 17-18. The message for this year is “Our World on Mission,” and it is a call to put our faith and our lives into loving action. It is recognizing and acknowledging, as Pope Francis stated, that “being…

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…