A Christmas Message from Bishop Robert McManus

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


During this season of joy, our hearts are stirred by the beauty, depth and constancy of God's love for each one of us. Truly, God so loved the world that He sent His Son as our Savior (Jn 3: 16).

Cardinal's statement on events of recent weeks

In this Holy season of Advent the Church’s message is one of hope and peace.  It is a time for reflection, prayer and reaching out to those in need.  These themes – hope, peace and compassion – are urgently needed in our nation as we pray for the Brown and Garner families and all who have been impacted by the turmoil of recent weeks. 

Massachusetts Religious Leaders Joint Statement on Brutal Attacks at a Jerusalem Synagogue

"The senseless killing of people in any place must always be denounced, but that these brutal attacks in the synagogue in Jerusalem should have occurred against innocent, unarmed worshippers deserves only the strongest possible condemnation. Our prayers go out to those who were wounded and are fighting for their lives and to all those devastated by this attack, especially the families of those who were murdered today.

Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families; USCCB President Say

November 17, 2014
WASHINGTON—The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a “joyful moment,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley's Statement on the Passing of Boston Mayor Tom Menino

“Mayor Menino placed family, faith and public service above all else.  His passing is a great loss to the City of Boston, the Commonwealth, our country, and to his family, who were the center of his life.


Boston Globe endorses 'Yes' vote on Question 3

The Boston Globe has endorsed a "yes" vote on Question 3, which would repeal the 2011 gambling law enacted in 2011 in Massachusetts.  You can read the editorial here

Massachusetts Bishops release statement in support of earned sick time

The Massachusetts Bishops issued a statement today in support of Ballot Question 4, which would mandate earned sick time for most Massachusetts workers.  If passed, Massachusetts would be the third state to mandate earned sick time.  You can read the statement here. 

USCCB Chairmen Express Grave Disappointment Toward Supreme Court’s Action


The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, and the chairman of the USCCB’s Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, expressed serious disappointment at the October 6 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider current cases that strike down laws upholding marriage as between one man and one woman.


Bishops Release Statement on Casino Gambling

Today the Massachusetts Bishops released a statement in support of Ballot Question 3, which would repeal casino gaming in the Commonwealth and which will appear on the ballot in November.  You can read that statement here.