October has long been the month dedicated to pray, study, and advocate for respect for the sacredness of human life.
Toward that end we celebrate Holy Mass for this intention, make petitions in the Prayers of the Faithful, and pray the Holy Rosary.
We participate in events such as Life Chain, 40 Days for Life, and March for Life.
We write lawmakers, advocating for the enactment of a human life amendment.
All of these are good efforts, commendable efforts, recommended efforts. There are other efforts, especially two, which are the focus of my own energies: preaching and faith formation programs rooted in … Continue reading…
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Statement Archbishop Michael Jackels
There is interest in what has become known as the Ice Bucket Challenge to create awareness of ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and to encourage donations to the ALS Association for research.
Promoting awareness of and funding research for a disease like ALS are good things. But donating to the ALS Association is inconsistent with Catholic moral teaching as it promotes stem cell research that destroys embryonic human beings.
Catholic individuals, parishes, schools, and other entities in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, if they participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge, are asked to … Continue reading…
Our Holy Father Pope Francis is asking for prayers to the Holy Spirit for peace in what is called the Islamic State, for help with basic necessities for displaced people, for the protection from persecution of innocent children, women and men, and for dialogue and reconciliation with the wrongdoers.
The Islamic State has been recently established by rebels (not all Muslims share their goals). It encompasses parts of Iraq and Syria, with ever-expanding territories coming under its control.
“A Big Heart Open to God” An Interview with Pope Francis, Published in America magazine, 30 September 2013 | Archbishop Jackels’ Attempt at a Summary
Francis has been our new pope for some time now. He has done and said a lot of new things. One example is giving personal interviews to journalists. I don’t think that has been done before. It’s new, isn’t it? And also new are some of the things he says in the interviews, which have been reported in the media, even sensationalized, and often taken out of context.
November 14, 2013 | By Archbishop Michael O. Jackels
Advent is a time of penance, though not like Lent. For example, you don’t hear Catholics say, “What’re you giving up for Advent?” Also, all the Christmas decorations, music, and parties throughout December make it hard to think of doing penance. We are nevertheless expected to do penance during Advent, in preparation for the celebration of the coming of Jesus at Christmas and for his coming at the end of time.
The Bible teaches that doing penance – in Advent, Lent, and on Fridays out of devotion for Jesus’ suffering to save us … Continue reading…
Almost 1,000 people sent answers relating to marriage and family life
By Archbishop Michael O. Jackels
Remember how, at the end of last October, everyone was invited to respond to a questionnaire from the Vatican on issues related to marriage and family? Almost 1,000 people in the Archdiocese of Dubuque responded to some or all of the questions.
Every diocesan bishop made a summary of the responses to each question, which was sent to the offices of the US Bishops’ Conference in Washington, D.C. by the end of December 2013. The staff there will summarize the summaries from each diocese, and then … Continue reading…
February 16, 2014 | By Dan Russo, Witness Staff Writer
CEDAR RAPIDS — Like many young Catholics, as a teenager, Michael Jackels and his sisters didn’t always put going to Sunday Mass high on their priority list. They would sometimes even skip it all together, go get ice cream or browse at the mall, and then swing back to the church to get a copy of the parish bulletin before going home to show their parents the ‘evidence’ that they had fulfilled their weekly obligation.
Archbishop Michael Jackels, who now has a completely different point of view on the importance of the … Continue reading…