Prayer is an essential and powerful part of our efforts…

Prayer is an essential and powerful part of our efforts…

Bishop Swain's Column, October 2016
With the national and state elections in the offing, below is an edited version of a statement I issued in 2012 which is as applicable today as it was four years ago: We are in the midst of one of the most contentious elections in memory, as the screaming ads and commentators attest. Through seemingly every media outlet, we are inundated with information that is colored by personal attacks or by dooms-day portrayals of one ideology over another. Many news stories based upon opinion are instead presented as fact. It is reflective of the level of civility in our culture that has been deteriorating for some time. The Church has not been immune to such incivility as my mail and personal encounters at times attest. We will not fall to…
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Here at home, the persecution is more subtle but growing

Here at home, the persecution is more subtle but growing

Bishop Swain's Column, June 2016
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which includes me, ask us to raise up once again in prayerful concern the serious threats to religious liberty during a Fortnight for Freedom. The theme this year is “Witnesses to Freedom.” It begins on June 21 and concludes on the Fourth of July. We will do so at a Holy Hour on June 28 in the Cathedral at 7 p.m. Pope Francis has noted “A Church or a Christian who does not give witness is sterile; like a dead person who thinks they are alive; like a dried up tree that produces no fruit; an empty well that offers no water! The Church has overcome evil thanks to the courageous, concrete and humble witness of her children. She has conquered evil thanks…
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