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I’m beginning the New Year with a clean office. It seems a good place to start, a practical way to set me up for any other resolutions I make. My office used to be meticulous. Early in … more
It seems sometimes that we are surrounded by bad news. There are so many depressing stories at home and abroad that it can appear we are living in dark times. Additionally, each new report that comes … more
One of my favorite traditions of this Christmas season is to sit in front of the fire, with a bit of Ireland’s aged finest, and go through the cards you folks were gracious in sending me over … more
En una columna anterior hemos explicado que la autonomía de la libertad, o el ejercicio del libre albedrío, tiene límites intrínsecos a su propia naturaleza, en el sentido que no puede … more
The annual Cardinal’s Christmas Luncheon heralds the season in New York. More so than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the … more
The sounds of the season are upon us, and Christmas can indeed get pretty noisy. Of course, some of the noise is happy: cheerful greetings, conversations about Christmas plans, the sounds of carols … more
Christmas blessings, dear family of the Church in the Archdiocese of New York! Often am I asked what I consider to be pointers, or lessons, from this festive season. Many come to mind, but chew … more
En círculos bioéticos se sigue debatiendo la cuestión de si el hombre, haciendo uso de su libertad y de la autonomía de la voluntad, puede, en determinadas situaciones en las cuales está … more
Bendiciones Navideñas, querida familia de la Iglesia en la Arquidiócesis de Nueva York! A menudo me preguntan qué considero como puntales, o lecciones, de esta temporada … more
As might be expected of two priests who have each served the Archdiocese of New York for at least 35 years, some similarities exist in the assignments Bishop-elect Edmund J. Whalen and Bishop-elect … more
I first got to know Sister Johanne McCarthy, C.S.J., about 18 months ago when she wrote to complain that our Albany diocesan newspaper wasn’t giving religious sisters the same treatment … more
Robert May was painfully aware of the distance between his dreams and his reality. The 34-year-old Dartmouth graduate had long fantasized about writing the great American novel. Instead, he was … more
A few weeks ago, just before Halloween, I was in the car looking for something to listen to on the radio. As I scrolled through the channels, I was very surprised when I heard Christmas music. I … more
A blessed Advent Season! We all know that these four weeks (less this year) of Advent offer the invitation to prepare for the coming of Christ. Wait a minute, though! Didn’t Christ … more
El Sínodo de la Amazonía ha vuelto a poner el tema de la inculturación del Evangelio como uno de los desafíos permanentes de la Iglesia. De nuevo se pone la cuestión de las relaciones entre … more
George was a three-and-a-half-year-old inquisitive half-pint. When his parents brought him to church, he had to clench his tiny fists atop the backrest of the pew in front of him and stand on tippy … more
Ascension parish on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is marking its 125th anniversary year, beginning this month. The parish committee has sought to plan commemorations that “would have an impact on … more
This year’s Thanksgiving Day falls on the latest possible date: Nov. 28. We have to wait for it through almost the entire month of November, and that is good preparation for the more important … more
ROME. Even the greatest enthusiasts of the present pontificate might not assert that Pope Francis has an inspiring liturgical style. Like the old-school Jesuit he resembles in many ways, the Holy … more
An ancient prayer I’ve uttered upon awakening for 30 years became a rock I clung to during a traumatic experience. Metropolitan Philaret, an Orthodox bishop in the early 19th century, penned the … more
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