Archbishop Kurtz Blog


Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.

The Dangerous Prayer for Teachers and For All of Us

On Monday, August 10, I presided and preached at the opening school Mass for our elementary school teachers. Here is my homily:  This is a special day for all of you, Catholic school teachers, to gather in prayer. Today, you … Continue reading


Abortion – Symptom of Throw-Away Society

On August 22, a coalition of 50 pro-life groups is organizing simultaneous rallies to be held at local Planned Parenthood facilities nationwide. At this point, pro-life advocates in 180 cities and 43 states have committed to be present at Planned … Continue reading


Psalms: Poems, Steps, Mirrors

“We are born with this book in our heart. A little book: one hundred and fifty poems; one hundred and fifty steps erected between death and life; one hundred and fifty mirrors of our rebellions and our fidelities, of our … Continue reading


Witnesses of Truth – Stand Firm and Speak Kindly

I just completed an article for Our Sunday Visitor about the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling and where the Church goes from here.  A link to the complete article is below.  The recent decision by the Supreme Court to change … Continue reading


Statement on the Occasion of the Promulgation of Laudato Si’

With an open heart and gratitude, I welcome Laudato Si’. In this beautiful and extensive treatment on care for our common home, the Holy Father calls all people to consider our deep and intertwined relationships with God, our brothers and … Continue reading


Statement on Race Relations

At this week’s spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in St. Louis, the full body of Bishops showed support for a statement on race relations that was my presidential address on June 10, the opening day … Continue reading


Interview with Vatican Radio

On Tuesday, June 9, I talked with Christopher Wells of Vatican Radio about this week’s spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is being held in St. Louis, MO.  He asked about our agenda for the … Continue reading


Two Assemblies and a Visit to Ukraine: Learning and Fraternity

The first three weeks of June will be great adventures for me.  This week at Saint Meinrad, I join brother priests from throughout the Archdiocese at our annual Presbyteral Assembly. Next week brings the semiannual meeting of the U.S. Bishops … Continue reading


Rest In Peace, Fr. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B.

Yesterday, Fr. Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., died.  Fr. Cyprian was professor emeritus of Church history at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and has been very involved with the Archdiocese throughout his distinguished service to the Church. Here is the statement … Continue reading


International Religious Persecution A Century Ago and Today

Last Thursday I arrived at the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. and was so impressed by the sheer majesty of this historic cathedral of the Episcopalian Church.  Set back from Wisconsin Avenue, the soaring, majestic building has been the scene … Continue reading