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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

‘Truth is a condition for authentic freedom’

Happy Fourth of July! As we celebrate our nation’s independence, I invite you to reflect on the meaning of freedom from the perspective of our faith. We heard about freedom […]

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The Sunday Gospel

God wants to give eternal life to everyone

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 9:51-62 The first reading for this weekend’s liturgy is from the First Book of Kings. While the focus, at least in terms of the […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord feeds us, in abundance, through the Eucharist

Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Luke 9:11b-17 This weekend the Church celebrates the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi, as […]

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Perspective

Suppose we let the people decide

In May, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt that states have sovereign immunity from suits brought by individuals in the courts of another […]

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Perspective

Back in the days of giants

I would like to tell you about a very special physician who roamed the halls of St. Joseph, Lutheran and Parkview hospitals years ago. His name is Dr. Michael Mastrangelo. […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Father, Son and Spirit are one

Trinity Sunday John 16:12-15 The Church celebrates Trinity Sunday this weekend, and it uses the celebration to teach us about the Holy Trinity, the mystery of three persons in the […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord sends His Spirit to us, His Church

Feast of Pentecost John 20:19-23 In the Church’s liturgical year, only Easter and Christmas eclipse Pentecost. The importance and grandeur of these feasts of course derive from the events being […]

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Perspective

Wake up: the real danger posed by the California confession bill

Senate Bill 360, a piece of proposed legislation currently making its way through the California state Senate, should alarm not only every Catholic in the country, but indeed the adepts […]

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Perspective

The corpse raiders

Most people recognize the importance of obtaining consent before retrieving organs from the bodies of deceased persons. They also understand the necessity of showing respect for those bodily remains following […]

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Perspective

What if every life were precious?

When Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion bill into law, she gave this simple explanation. “Every life is precious,” she said. The law has been criticized […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Jesus is always present through His Spirit

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Luke 24:46-53 The date for celebrating the feast of the Ascension of the Lord is optional in this country. The decision is made […]

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The Sunday Gospel

Jesus is always present through His Spirit

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord Luke 24:46-53 The date for celebrating the feast of the Ascension of the Lord is optional in this country. The decision is made […]