MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs
October 19, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
We continue to be deeply saddened — and, yes, angry — as news continues to come in concerning the sins of sexual abuse by priests and bishops. Just a week ago Pope Francis removed two Chilean bishops from the clerical state for their crimes against minors.
October 5, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul encourages the new Christians there with these words: “Let us not grow weary of doing good; if we do not relax our efforts, in due time we shall reap our harvest” (Gal. 6:9).
September 21, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Twenty-five years ago, on August 6, 1993, Pope St. John Paul II published what is arguably his most important encyclical, “Veritatis Splendor” (The Splendor of Truth). The encyclical dealt with what the Pope called “a decline or obscuring of the moral sense” (#106.2).
September 10, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
The following letter from Bishop Sheridan was read at weekend Masses Aug. 25-26 and is reprinted here for those who did not have the opportunity to hear it:
Dear brother and sisters,
The latest revelations concerning the crimes of priests in Pennsylvania, and the cover-up by some of the bishops of six of the Pennsylvania dioceses over a period of 70 years has sent another wave of disgust and justifiable anger throughout the Catholic Church in the United States.
August 17, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
When the news broke about Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s abuse of both minors and adults decades ago, I found it very difficult to believe — as did many of my brother bishops.
July 6, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Last weekend saw the transfer of several of our priests. Even though all priests know that our service to the Church requires that we be ready and willing to accept a new assignment at any time, it still can be difficult to leave behind familiar surroundings and close friends. My heartfelt thanks to our priests — and our deacons — for so graciously accepting these moves.
June 15, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Among the earliest heresies in Christian history are those which deal with the person of Jesus Christ. It was particularly difficult for some Christians in the first centuries of the Church to believe that Jesus was truly a human being.
June 1, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Several decades ago, a Russian cosmonaut returned from his first venture into space and proudly announced that he had been into the heavens and could now verify that God was nowhere to be seen. This finding, of course, fit nicely into the atheistic picture of reality that prevailed in the Soviet Union of those days.
May 18, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Dear Elementary School, High School and College Graduates of the Diocese of Colorado Springs,
What a wonderful moment in your young lives this is!
April 20, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
A parish is a definite community of the Christian faithful established on a stable basis within a particular church; the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted to a pastor as its own shepherd under the authority of the diocesan bishop” (Canon 515, Code of Canon Law).
April 6, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
On the Second Sunday of Easter in the Jubilee Year 2000, St. John Paul II announced that from that day forward the octave day of Easter — which is this Sunday, April 8 — would be known as the ”Sunday of Divine Mercy.”
March 17, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Much is being written these days about the importance — even the primacy — of conscience in our moral decisions. Not all that we read is helpful, or even correct, when it comes to understanding what conscience is and what its limits are. For this reason it is critical that this very important topic be clearly understood.
February 16, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Shortly after the publication of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL), I began receiving letters, emails and telephone calls asking for clarification of some of the vagaries in chapter 8 of that document. At that time I produced a column for the Colorado Catholic Herald in which I said that any of the confusing parts of AL were to be interpreted only by the received Tradition of the Church.
February 2, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
In the 1990 statement, “In Support of Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools,” and repeated in the 2005 statement, “Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium,” the bishops of the United States made three ambitious commitments:
1. Catholic schools will continue to provide a Gospel-based education of the highest quality.
2. Catholic schools will be available, accessible, and affordable.
3. Catholic schools will be staffed by highly qualified administrators and teachers who would receive just wages and benefits.
January 19, 2018 | By MOST REV. MICHAEL SHERIDAN
There’s bad news and there’s good news. First, the bad news — which has been out there for some time: the Catholic Church is hemorrhaging her young members at an alarming rate.