Editor’s note: The following is testimony Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann gave in Topeka on March 4 to the Senate and Federal State Affairs Committee in opposition to Senate Bill 458 .
"What is truth?” (Jn 18: 38) One of the most famous questions in history was uttered by an exasperated Pontius Pilate during his interrogation of Jesus.
As we continue our walk through the Passion, we come to the trial — actually trials — of Jesus.
"Could you not keep watch for one hour?” (Mk 14: 37)
This week, I continue reflections on St. Matthew’s Passion narrative (Mt 26: 14 - 27:66).
In my first column this year, I mentioned that I had just returned from a retreat for bishops from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.
Last week, I had the opportunity to celebrate Mass and have dinner with eight of our Catholic school mothers who receive assistance from the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF). It was a very inspirational evening.
The cover story of the Jan. 11 edition of The Leaven featured Msgr. Heliodore Mejak, who died this past Christmas Eve at the age of 98.
Pope Benedict XVI, after seeing the great outpouring of affection by the youth of the world at the time of Pope John Paul II’s death, commented: “The church is young.”
It has been two years since I began writing these weekly columns for The Leaven.