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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Comprehensive immigration reform

Comprehensive immigration reform During the last several months, there has been much focus on the debate regarding the need for immigration reform.  While practically everyone, especially on both sides of the aisle in Washington, D.C., agrees that our current immigration system is “broken,” there are varying opini...
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Monday, September 09, 2013

Ordination of Permanent Deacons

Ordination of Permanent Deacons   Today, the Diocese of Evansville adds to its rank of Permanent Deacons these 11 men, accompanied by their wives on this memorable day as they have for the entire diaconate formation and education process.  While we first give thanks to God — all praise, honor and glory to the Holy...
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Monday, August 05, 2013

Fortnight for Freedom

Fortnight for Freedom In solidarity with dioceses throughout the United States, we kick off our second annual Fortnight for Freedom, continuing to ground the principles of justice in truth and charity.  To this end, we must be first and foremost committed to a life of prayer.  From this commitment of prayer fl...
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summary statement on marriage

Summary statement on marriage Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: The U.S. Supreme Court recently rendered its rulings on cases involving same-sex unions. In light of these rulings, it is important for us to maintain clarity on Catholic Church teaching regarding the dignity of persons, marriage and family. I take this opportun...
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Friday, July 05, 2013

Priesthood ordination of Father Christopher Droste

Priesthood ordination of Father Christopher Droste Editor’s note: The following is the homily given by Bishop Charles C. Thompson during the ordination Mass for Father Christopher Droste, held June 8 at St. Benedict Cathedral in Evansville.   Today is a great day in the life of Deacon Christopher, his family, the diocese, and, indeed, th...
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life

Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life   Much has been written and discussed about the decreasing number of priests over the last several years.  While we have a tendency to speak about a “shortage” of priests, it is important to keep in mind that the Church experienced its greatest “surplus” of priests...
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Answering the call to strengthen the Church at home

Answering the call to strengthen the Church at home   Dear Friends in Christ,   Four out of every ten dioceses in the United States cannot offer their people basic pastoral care or provide priestly formation and lay ministry training without outside help.  The millions of Catholics who live in these places, called home mission diocese...
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Monday, April 22, 2013

The Catholicity of the Church: Our Multicultural Face and Richness

The Catholicity of the Church:  Our Multicultural Face and Richness       Just weeks ago, we witnessed a very historic moment in our Church with the election of our first Latin American pope. With this election, the College of Cardinals evidenced a clear appreciation for the universality of the Church. Pope Francis has already instilled a great sense...
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Light is ON for YOU -- Celebrating the Sacrament of Penance

The Light is ON for YOU -- Celebrating the Sacrament of Penance “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”  According to the gospels, these are among the first words spoken by Jesus as he began his public ministry.  The word “repent” stems from a word that literally means “to turn around”.  Repentance, ther...
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013