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God promises us in Sacred Scripture, “I will give you shepherds” (Jeremiah 3:15). For the United States, this past September will stand out as an exemplary reminder of that promise. Reverend … more
Contemporary culture frequently affirms gender identity as a free, liberating and arbitrary choice. Some online “expert” medical sites claim that gender cannot merely be a matter of biology or … more
Atty. Gen. Patrick Lynch is wrong. He has been wrong in the past and he will, no doubt, be wrong again in the future. His opinion on recognizing so-called gay marriages, released on Ash … more
The toxic nature of the current political debate in our country is uninspiring to say the least. The presidential debates have taken on such a caustic tone that parents do not even want their … more
The political season is well under way as political candidates mount their campaigns for election and begin the deluge of advertisements, bumper stickers, bill boards, buttons, phone calls and personal appearances. It can be a confusing time for Catholics as they begin to decide which candidate is worthy of their vote. more
Marriage continues to be a victim in a world where an increasing number believes church teaching should follow popular opinion. Archbishop Gerhard L. Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, recently supported the church’s position regarding the indissoluble nature of the sacrament of marriage. In his writings he also reaffirmed that divorced couples, remarried outside the church, should refrain from reception of the sacraments including holy Communion. This has been wrongly interpreted by some as a persecution of men and women of good faith by denying them the very sacrament that aids in the forgiveness of sins. more
Two weeks ago, the President of the United States declared the following: “By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, [I] do hereby proclaim June 2014 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” more
Before he ascended into heaven, Jesus issued his last commandment and great commission to the Apostles: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the … more
With February comes Girl Scout cookie season. Concurrently comes the annual call for boycotts due to an alleged association with Planned Parenthood. The Rhode Island Council has vehemently and publicly denied any affiliation with Planned Parenthood as has the national organization and there is no evidence to the contrary. While it may be true that the self-governing nature of councils in other states has allowed them to developed relationships with Planned Parenthood, the national organization and the Rhode Island Council have not. more
This month marks the official retirement from pastoral assignments of several long-serving and faithful priests of our diocese. Msgr. Richard Sheehan, Father Richard Friedrichs, Father Richard Desaulniers, Father Louis Natalizia and Father David Stokes will officially retire from pastoral assignments this year. All have served faithfully in diocesan and parish assignments, some for as many as four decades. The church of Providence is grateful to God for their priestly service. Only in Heaven will the fruits of their labors be known. more
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