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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Giving a Reason for our Hope

The following is the text of the homily given by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades in a livestreamed Mass on May 17, the Sixth Sunday of Easter: We’re in the midst […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Spirit of truth is in us

Sixth Sunday of Easter John 14:15-21 The Acts of the Apostles once again this Easter season furnishes the first reading. In the readings of the weekends earlier in this season, […]

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Gov. Cuomo and God’s noncompetitive transcendence

Last month, Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, made a rather interesting theological observation. Commenting on the progress that his state has made in fighting the coronavirus and praising […]

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From hero to hated in less than a week

Although we are well into the Easter season, my mind harkens back to an event on Good Friday that has often puzzled me. What turned the crowd against Jesus? Recall […]

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Medical care has changed forever

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted medical care in a drastic way. I was told by my administration soon after the virus hit the Northern Indiana area to begin to change […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

On Pilgrimage to the Father’s House

The following homily was delivered by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades during a livestreamed Mass from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2020: […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Actively loving others is the essence of our faith

Fifth Sunday of Easter John 14:1-12 The Acts of the Apostles once more is the source of the first reading. The early chapters of Acts marvelously reveal to us the […]

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The rationing of ventilators

When ventilators are in short supply, several key ethical principles can assist clinicians: 1. Ventilators should not be rationed based on categorical exclusions such as a patient’s age, disability (e.g. […]

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‘Keep that hope machine running strong’

It started with the Italians, whose arias rose from the balconies. They were on lockdown, but their voices rang out down empty moonlit streets. Ballads, the national anthem, improvised ditties […]

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‘Thank you’ is not enough

One of my routines in the early pandemic lockdown was to shop at a big-box retailer at 6 a.m. Along with food, a key purchase was fabric and supplies that […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Trust in the Good Shepherd

The following is the text of Bishop Rhoades’ homily on May 3, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, at a livestreamed Mass from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne: […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Jesus is the only route to heaven

Fourth Sunday of Easter John 10:1-10 The Acts of the Apostles again furnishes the first biblical reading. As was the case last weekend, it is a passage recalling a time […]