D.D., J.C.L., S.T.D.
Ninth Bishop Of Rockford
The Reverend Monsignor P. William McDonnell, V.F., Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Freeport, Illinois, to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective July 1, 2013.
The Reverend Michael T. Barry, Parochial Vicar for St. Mary Parish, East Dubuque and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Menominee, Illinois, to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective July 1, 2013.
The Reverend Arturo Mallari, Parochial Vicar for St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Freeport, Illinois, to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective July 1, 2013.
The Reverend Leonardo Maldonado, Parochial Vicar for St. Joseph Parish, Elgin, Illinois, to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective July 1, 2013.
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Bishop of Rockford Issues Statement Regarding Today's U.S. Supreme Court Ruling
ROCKFORD, IL — Bishop David J. Malloy issued a statement today following the decision handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties:
"The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision today, finding in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, is a very encouraging ruling. It upholds the very fundamental rights of religious expression and practice granted to all citizens under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
"The court ruled that closely-held corporations can have religious beliefs within the meaning of that Act, and that the Health and Human Services mandate violates the religious freedoms of those corporations.
"This limited ruling respects and reaffirms the rights of people to conduct their businesses guided by their respective religious beliefs.
"With this clarification that applies to closely-held for-profit corporations, we pray the administration will now take the appropriate steps to apply equally to religious entities as well, the principles learned today.
"It has famously been said, "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance." The U.S. Supreme Court ruling today is a reflection of that vigilance for the religious freedom of believers and all people of goodwill."
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(updated June 10, 2014)
The Reverend Leonard Jacobs to be Pastor of St. James Parish, Rockford, Illinois, effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
The Reverend Dennis M. Morrissy to be Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Elizabeth, Illinois, and St. John the Evangelist Parish, Hanover, Illinois, effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
The Reverend James W. Parker to be Pastor of Holy Cross Parish, Batavia, Illinois, effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
The Reverend Dean E. Russell to be Pastor of St. Mary Parish, DeKalb, Illinois, effective Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
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Pope Francis Named Time's 'Person of the Year'
Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine's 'Person of the Year' for 2013. He is the third Roman Pontiff to receive this honour after John XXIII in 1962 and John Paul II in 1994.
The Head of the Holy See's Press Office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, issued the following statement: "The decision didn't come as a surprise given the great resonance and attention surrounding the election of Pope Francis right from the start of the new pontificate. The fact that one of the most prestigious awards to be attributed by the international press should go to someone who promotes spiritual, religious and moral values as well as call for peace and greater justice in an incisive manner is a positive sign. As for the Pope himself, he's not someone who seeks fame and success, because he has put his life at the service of announcing the Gospel of the love of God for mankind. It is pleasing to the Pope that this service should appeal and give hope to women and men. And if this choice of 'Person of the Year' should mean that many people have understood this message - at least implicitly - the Pope is really happy about this."
Bishop Malloy's Official Statement on Pope Francis as Time Magazine's Person of 2013
"It is really no surprise that Pope Francis has been chosen Time's Person of the Year. Pope Francis proved his universal appeal from the time he stepped onto the balcony at St. Peter to meet the world for the first time as the newest shepherd of the Catholic Church."
"The Pope's actions of reaching out to others, whether it be through Twitter, his daily homilies or with a simple embrace, have resonated so positively with Catholics and non-Catholics alike. He gives powerful example for reawakening all people to Christ's simple message of faith, hope, charity and love."
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Bishop David J. Malloy's Statement On Illinois House Vote Redefining Marriage
Statement of Bishop David J. Malloy
on House Passage of Redefinition of Marriage Legislation (SB 10)
"Today's vote to redefine marriage in the State of Illinois is truly grievous. Redefining marriage as being between "two persons" rather than between "one man and one woman" ignores the unique nature of this institution that is based in the complementarity of men and women and is intimately linked to the procreation and raising of children who have a right to a mother and a father. This legislation undermines this fundamental basis of human interaction and its contribution to a stable society.
"Our faith teaches us to love all our brothers and sisters made in God's image and likeness and we are to do so with respect for God's plan. The redefinition of marriage by the legislators in Illinois does not change God's plan, nor does it change what our faith teaches.
We pray that those who stood prepared to support this legislation will also be prepared to answer for its consequences on our society."
Bishop David J. Malloy Responds to Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act
"Today's Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, which challenged the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, is a tremendous misstep for the direction of our country.
Our faith and the very truth of our creation by God, tells us that the nature of marriage is based in the complementarity of men and women and is intimately linked to the procreation and raising of children who have a right to a mother and a father. This ruling serves to undermine this fundamental basis of human interaction and its contribution to a stable society and the protection and formation of generations to come.
While this ruling may seem to open the door to further acceptance of a definition of marriage that is contrary to natural law, it does not change our freedom to disagree. It cannot and will not ever change what is written in our faith and in our human design.
We will continue our call to love all our brothers and sisters made in God's image and likeness and do so with respect for God's plan and his will for us as men and women. Our moral compass is set by a higher power than that of any court.
We pray that those who rendered this decision will also be prepared to answer for its consequences to our society."
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