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It’s almost as if November’s Mass readings were written for election-weary Catholics, with their foreboding tones and calls for “perseverance” and “endurance” amid … more
Jackie Kennedy once commented, “The Church may have flaws, but she sure comes through at birth and death.” I’ll take that compliment! November is the month Holy Mother … more
Deliberately Indebted A renowned statesman used to borrow a book from his opponent's office library the day before their public debate. This self-imposed indebtedness then served to remind him to … more
Last weekend I had the privilege of hosting a brother bishop, Bashar Warda, the Archbishop of Arbil, in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq. What an address! Yes, you heard me right: A Catholic bishop from … more
The upcoming TCS New York City Marathon will have more than 50,000 participants. Unfortunately, Patrick Powers was not selected in the race’s lottery. That left his dream of running the Nov. 6 race … more
En un pasaje del Evangelio de Lucas (Cf., Lc 19, 1-10), se nos relata el encuentro de Jesús con un publicano llamado Zaqueo, quien, según el relato bíblico, era de baja estatura y tuvo que subirse … more
Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea and off the front pages of newspapers weeks ago, but millions of people still suffer from the devastation it caused. Some of the most harshly afflicted are in Haiti, … more
If you have an interest in New York Church history and happen to be in the vicinity of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, you might want stop by for the open house hosted by Archives of the … more
The other day I wished a Jewish friend a blessed Yom Kippur, their holy “day of atonement.” “Thanks,” he replied, “and it seems so obvious that the world sure … more
I was driving to Rochester last week to give a talk to the local chapter of Magnificat, and I decided to make the trip into a mini-retreat of sorts. I brought along a recording by renowned theologian … more
El 4 de septiembre de 2016 el papa Francisco, ante más de cien mil fieles reunidos en la Plaza de San Pedro en Roma, canonizó a la Madre Teresa de Calcuta. Por su amor y entrega sin medida en favor … more
I haven’t reported on our parish planning initiative, Making All Things New, for quite a while. The decisions reached, after years of consultation and study, have now been in effect for … more
In case you haven’t heard about the archdiocese’s new plan for the Catholic online learning platform FORMED.org, I want to share some information I gathered this past weekend. Much of it came … more
En el año 2013, en ocasión de la publicación de “Lumen Fidei” (“La luz de la fe), que fue la primera encíclica del papa Francisco (29 de junio de 2013), hemos escrito varios artículos … more
When two 20-somethings slung a wire across rooftops in Boston, they were hoping to hear each other’s voices transmitted across that line. It worked, and they did, but in the process, they also … more
October is Respect Life Month, which makes it an especially appropriate time to learn about another threat to human life that has followed on the heels of abortion: physician-assisted suicide. The … more
For Catholics, October is known as the month dedicated to the great gift of the Rosary. By Church history measures, this dedication is actually a relatively recent development. We should thank … more
The kids are back! School is open! And we remain ever-grateful for our Catholic schools in this Archdiocese of New York. They take immense time, effort, sweat, tears, energy... and … more
Photographer Joe Vericker recently made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. So I didn’t. He offered to let Catholic New York publish some of the photos that he had taken for the archdiocese during … more
John Mulderig’s review of “Ben Hur” (CNY, Sept. 1) conflates Bonhoeffer’s concept of “Cheap Grace” with bad script writing and acting. Mulderig observes that … more
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