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Shortly after the New Year, I took a personal weekend and flew to Ireland.  While I always cherish a visit to the Emerald Isle, this was not really a “vacation” and I certainly … more
Poco después del Año Nuevo, tomé un fin de semana personal e hice un viaje a Irlanda. Siempre aprecio una visita a la Isla Esmeralda, pero esto no fue realmente unas “vacaciones” y, … more
It’s been a rough time for us these recent days in Albany. Even a seasoned, impartial journalist and keen observer of politicians in our state capital, has noted that values for which the … more
We New Yorkers pride ourselves on being “progressive.” A former governor, Theodore Roosevelt, often observed that government “needed always to advance whatever promoted human … more
One of the feasts of this Christmas season I very much enjoy is the Sunday after Christmas, the Feast of the Holy Family, which we celebrated last Sunday. That baby born just last week is true God … more
I realize I am dating myself, but I remember George Burns, the crusty comedian. One of his lines I enjoyed was, “It’s not that I don’t believe in God. I do! It’s just that … more
Me doy de cuenta que estoy reflexionando a mí mismo, pero me recuerdo de George Burns, el comediante crujiente. Una de sus frases que disfruté fue: “No es que no creo en Dios. … more
The passing of George H.W. Bush, our forty-first president, has moved me. I’ve always admired him. While working at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, I got to meet him a number of times, … more
The national feast of Thanksgiving brings me warm memories...family; prayer, Mass, and food drives for the poor at the parish; grandparents, aunts and uncles now passed onto eternity; two free days … more
La fiesta nacional de Acción de Gracias me trae cálidos recuerdos...familia, oración, misa y comida para los pobres de la parroquia; abuelos, tías y tíos pasaron a … more
As you know, my first column in November, the month of the Faithful Departed… more
You are aware, I trust, that these weeks of October are designated Respect Life Month. As Pope Francis recently observed, almost all our problems and woes can be traced back to a loss of reverence … more
While we Catholics believe that a church building is certainly not The Church, we still take the building very seriously. more
En general, mi columna no es un lugar para analizar los cambios del personal, pero espero que me permita contarle algo sobre dos decisiones que son particularmente importantes para nuestra … more
My column is not usually a place to discuss personnel moves, but I hope you will allow me to give you some background on two decisions that are particularly … more
At first I thought it was maybe just me. All summer, with news of the stinging scandals—Theodore McCarrick, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury, the controversy caused by Archbishop Vigano’s … more
Sí, sé que la devoción clásica popular del Vía Crucis, de acompañar con reverencia a Jesús en su tortuoso viaje desde su injusta condena por parte de … more
Yes, I know that the classical, popular devotion, the Via Crucis—reverently accompanying Jesus on His tortured journey from unjust condemnation by Pontius Pilate, to His repose in the arms of … more
Maybe it’s because he preached these words in my hometown of St. Louis at Mass on his visit there in 1999, but the following teaching of Pope St. John Paul II has always had a special meaning … more
We all enjoy reminiscing about the “good old days” when, so we ruminate, all was simpler, clearer, happier. When I was a graduate student in Church history, our acclaimed professor, … more
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