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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

The rule of law and freedom of conscience

The following is the text of Bishop Rhoades’ homily at the Red Masses on October 2 and 3: The Red Mass is a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit in […]

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Perspective

Sex in accord with reason

An article published in 2012 in The Atlantic described the sexual practices of the Aka and Ngandu people, who live in the tropical forests of central Africa. Researchers Barry and […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord stands ready to forgive us, if we repent

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 21:28-32 The Book of Ezekiel provides this weekend’s first reading. Pivotal in Jewish history was the time spent by Hebrew captives, and by their […]

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Is this bloodshed really necessary?

A book review by David McClamrock From my first year in law school, I remember the excellent advice of Irving Younger: Briefly make the points you need to make, and […]

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Hurricane Harvey and the kayaking priest

Hurricane Harvey stranded Father David Bergeron in his pickup the night it ripped through Houston. The 38-year-old priest had been visiting his brother and had to pull over on an […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

The shepherd cannot run

This past Saturday, September 23rd, I was privileged to concelebrate the Mass of Beatification of Father Stanley Rother at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Over 17,000 people attended […]

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Lead with beauty: evangelization and the solar eclipse

The rain fell heavy on a Monday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. Bleary-eyed travelers noticed, and plotted alternative routes over eggs and potatoes at the Embassy Suites. A white-haired man […]

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The Sunday Gospel

The Lord’s ways are different from our own

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 20:1-16a The last section of the Book of Isaiah provides this weekend with its first reading. Virtually none of the prophets of ancient Israel […]

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The Human Condition

Beloved sons and daughters

The evangelist St. Luke, in his account of the Gospel that bears his name, makes a point of noting that, in the midst of his intensely active ministry, Jesus frequently […]

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Bishop's Column: In Truth and Charity

Love Your Neighbor: Share the Journey

Pope Francis will be launching a global campaign in support of immigrants and refugees on September 27th. The Holy Father is inviting all of us to show our love and […]

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Forgive others and the Lord will forgive you

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matt. 18:21-35 The Book of Sirach is the source of this weekend’s first biblical reading. Sirach’s author was Joshua, the son of Sirach. He should […]

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Don’t wait for the young adult group to get involved in your parish

By Zac Davis Young adults are tough to minister to. We’re on the move, our peers aren’t going to church with us, and we’re most likely to sneak out of […]