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Each October, for the past half dozen years, I have made a two-day visit to Washington, D.C., to attend a meeting of the CPA-CNS Liaison Committee. The acronyms represent the Catholic Press … 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
In two weeks, we will mark the day when the guns of World War I fell silent, the fighting stopped and the Armistice was signed. It happened 100 years ago, on Nov. 11, 1918. Observing that … more
Pole that he was, Karol Wojtyla had a well-developed sense of historical irony. So from his present position in the Communion of Saints, he might be struck by the ironic fact that the Synod on … more
Confió que ustedes están conscientes, que estas semanas de octubre son designadas al Mes del Respeto a la Vida.Como observó recientemente el Papa Francisco, casi todos nuestros … more
El papa Francisco, en la Exhortación Pastoral Evangelii Gaudium, al hablar del impuso misionero, ha vuelto a traer a colación el tema de la acedia, nos habla de la “acedia pastoral” que lleva a … more
If you are looking to see a good example of how an active and vibrant parish functions on Sunday mornings, you should visit … more
I stood in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn Express in Syracuse one recent Saturday morning … more
While we Catholics believe that a church building is certainly not The Church, we still take the building very seriously. more
Escandalizar”, en un contexto religioso, significa literalmente poner tropiezos, obstaculizar el camino de alguien para encontrarse con Cristo, … more
A few months ago, I was at a gathering with brother priests and one of the young men helping at the dinner approached me when he heard that I am the vocation director … more
The Best-laid Plans The parents of a growing family, three children in tow and a fourth on the way, decided it was time to expand their house as well. There was plenty of indoor living area, but … more
When I received the email about last week’s America Media program on “Pope Francis: The Foundations of His Papacy,” I found it easy to say yes. After all, the Sept. 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
Una de las cosas que produce más escándalo entre los fieles son los graves pecados o delitos de sus autoridades religiosas, quienes están llamados a predicar con el ejemplo, a fin de que no se les … 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
I am never sorry when summer ends, but I don’t think I have much company in that. I’ve met so many people who hate to see fall arrive. more
Just when the Long Lent of 2002 was coming to a boil in March of that year, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, took things … more
A palpable sense of energy and activity pervaded St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie last Saturday morning. Dr. Scott Hahn,… more
I didn’t want to go Mass this weekend. In the spirit of full disclosure, I did not go to Mass last weekend. … more
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