The Diocese of Pittsburgh is thrilled that another of our native sons and our former bishop, Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, was named a Cardinal of the Catholic Church today by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. This marks the fourth time that a priest-son of Pittsburgh has been named a Cardinal, following in the footsteps of Adam Cardinal Maida, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, and Sean Cardinal O'Malley.
Archbishop Schott will be truly missed in Pittsburgh. A native Pennsylvanian, since arriving in Pittsburgh he has been a great and well-loved leader of our Eastern Rite brothers and sisters, as well as a good friend not only to me personally, but to the entire Catholic community.
All that have been blessed to know him recognized the deep compassion of a Christ-like leader. He was always there as a gentle, supportive voice to all that make up our beautiful mosaic of faith, Christian, Jewish and Muslim, and to all of Pittsburgh.
Bishop McDowell was a giant of the Church, a national figure in Catholic education and an influential bishop in our national conference. It was his leadership that crafted one of the most important statements on religious education in the years after the Second Vatican Council, the United States bishops’ pastoral statement, “To Teach as Jesus Did.”
En mi carta pastoral: “La Iglesia Viviente” me dirijo a la importancia de construir una cultura de vida al respetar tolda la vida. Esto incluye respeto por la gente de diferentes países, sociedades, razas y culturas.
As with each of us, I was horrified at the pictures, images and news that have come out of Haiti. A massive earthquake in the poorest country in our hemisphere has left untold dead and injured. Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has called for an international response to the Haitian people. A voluntary, special collection will be taken up at each of our parishes within the next month. In our diocese and parishes, we will be working through Catholic Relief Services to provide the direct assistance necessary. For today, let us join together in prayer for the Haitian people.
Over the years as each flu season arrives, concerns are raised over the possibility of transmitting viruses during liturgical celebrations. With concern this year over the epidemic potential of the “Swine Flu” virus, we are called to be particularly vigilant.
The potential for an individual to contact the flu virus exists everywhere. Liturgical practices are one of many encounters throughout the day that are capable of transmitting viruses.
The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has appointed Monsignor Bernard A. Hebda as the new Bishop of Gaylord, Michigan. Once again, the Church of Pittsburgh rejoices that one of our own has been called to be a bishop. While Monsignor Hebda was in Pittsburgh, he served our diocese well, and he remains a much beloved priest. During his 13 years of service in Rome, the Church Universal came to recognize the same dedication, deep faith and leadership that he gave to us.
My dear Sisters and Brothers of the Church of Pittsburgh:
In just a few weeks, the City of Pittsburgh will host the international G 20 Summit. The Summit is a gathering of representatives from the world’s 19 largest national economies and the European Union. The focus of the summit has major world leaders coming together in our city to discuss, and hopefully work toward, a resolution of a number of issues related to the global financial recession. It is a heady agenda that hopes to define a post-recession world economy.
My dear sisters and brothers of the Church of Pittsburgh:
Since the day of my installation as your 12th diocesan bishop when I challenged everyone, myself included, with the question “Are you excited about your faith?” I have had a single-minded goal to ensure that the Church of Pittsburgh is the “Church Alive!”
Pope Benedict XVI has honored the Diocese of Pittsburgh by once again selecting one of our sons to serve as bishop of a Diocese. Bishop Paul J. Bradley has been named the new bishop of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
There are times that define the self-contained contradiction of the word “bittersweet.” For me personally – and for so many in the Diocese of Pittsburgh – this is such a moment when great joy intermingles with great sadness.
The appointment of Msgr. Burns as bishop of Juneau, Alaska, is a cause of celebration for the Church because it recognizes in him the same qualities of pastoral care and spiritual leadership in priestly vocations that we have known here for many years, and has been recognized nationally in his nearly decade-long service at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. I join his many friends among the clergy, religious and faithful of our Diocese in wishing him well and asking God's blessing on him.
Statement from Bishop David A. Zubik
Marriage Protection Amendment Hearing
Allegheny County Courthouse
April 10, 2008
Following is the prepared testimony from Bishop David A. Zubik scheduled for the public hearing on the Marriage Protection Amendment (SB 1250) Thursday, April 10 at 2 p.m. in the Gold Room of the Allegheny County Courthouse.