Archbishop Kurtz Blog


Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.

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


Francis: The World is His Parish

I have known Dr. Dwight Moody, a friend and Baptist minister, since shortly after I came to Louisville as Archbishop almost 8 years ago.  Together with Fr. Martin Linebach, I became involved with the Academy of Preachers, which Dwight founded … Continue reading


Catholic Schools Exist to Proclaim Good News of Jesus Christ

This week, the Catholic Education Daily, an online publication of the Cardinal Newman Society, published an article about Catholic schools based upon an interview with me.  In the interview, I was asked about the importance of Catholic education, especially in light … Continue reading


Is the Legal System Ready for All the Acrimony over Matrimony?

As the Supreme Court prepares to consider the definition of marriage, the public debate grows only more rancorous. The Court’s deliberations will hopefully take place more prudently than the fractious public debate. As president of the United States Conference of … Continue reading