The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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2nd Week of Advent

Date: 
Thu, 12/11/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans
while preaching at an event celebrating our country’s history
had this to say:
 
     “Because of the circumstances connected with our origins in this country, we Catholics have been somewhat timid about bringing the convictions of faith into the public forum. Bishop John
Carroll, the first American bishop, had to make the case publicly that Catholics could be good Americans. But anti-immigrant attitudes and policies in the 19th-century, prompted many Catholics to privatize their faith in order to be accepted.
    The first half of the 20th century witnessed the greatest growth and development in Catholicism in America.  But widespread anti-Catholic prejudice lingered. John Kennedy, in order to stand a chance of being elected, pledged not to let his faith impact his public role. Unfortunately, that stance has taken hold and become quasi-infallible teaching for too many Catholics in public life today.
    As we recall a very significant moment in American history, I submit that we are at a new moment in Catholic history. We no longer need to be timid.  We can be thoroughly American and faithfully Catholic. We have a rich message to bring to a country struggling to re-find its soul. We are pro-life, pro-marriage,  pro-family,  pro-education, pro-poor,  pro-justice, pro-peace. We can impact public discourse and public policy by witnessing to the truth that transcends party politics and even religious differences: a truth written in our very nature. Our Advent waiting is coming to an end. Two hundred years ago we were uncertain where we stood in a new country. Today we rejoice in our heritage and our country. This is a moment for vision, courage and faith!”
 
I believe Archbishop Hughes is a modern-day John the Baptist.