PASTORAL NOTES

In the new pastoral notes, Archbishop Vigneron will further guide the Church in Metro Detroit toward becoming the “joyful band of missionary disciples” he envisioned in Unleash the Gospel

AN ACT OF MERCY AND FAITH

October 5, 2018

A Pastoral Note on Christian Burial

Among these works of mercy to which the Holy Father hoped to “reawaken our conscience” is the call to bury the dead. Pastors in the Archdiocese have observed for years now a shift in our societal expectations toward funerals, and have regrettably noted that this has begun to influence even the Catholic faithful.

LIVING CHRIST'S LOVE

July 25, 2018

A Pastoral Note on the fiftieth anniversary of Humanae Vitae

I have begun this pastoral note with a word of “bad news”, but only so that by understanding the crisis we face together, the Good News of Jesus Christ might strike us more powerfully and have its full impact on our lives. We are not helpless victims of evil. In this Easter Season we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death, and the new creation his victory brings. By the Sacrament of Baptism, we have become the adopted daughters and sons of God. And the risen Lord stands with us, healing and elevating our sexuality by his grace.

AGENTS FOR THE NEW CREATION

June 18, 2018

A Pastoral Note on Christ’s victory over the sins of racism

Our nation’s history has many tremendous accomplishments of which we should be proud. But it also bears the stain of many years of institutional racism whereby Blacks – even after emancipation – were treated as second-class citizens or worse. Complicit in these sins were many who professed the Catholic faith. Shamefully, this even includes priests, bishops, and other Catholic leaders. Sadly, we are living the wounds of those many years of injustice in our local communities. For the sins of these Catholics past and present, I as your Archbishop am truly sorry. Acts of racism are sins.