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Far-Flung Anger

Mark Pattison’s article in CNY’s Aug. 2 issue concerning abuse revelations in the Catholic Church contains very relatable quotes from John Carr, director of the Initiative of Catholic Thought and … more

Not the State’s Right

I was pleased to read the front-page story in the New York Times last week that the pope has pronounced that capital punishment is always wrong.  But then the story went on to state the majority of … more

‘Powerful Message’

Blessed Pope Paul VI was a sensitive man with a powerful message “that peace must be invented and created at a speed which keeps pace with urgent events.” His “eclipse” due to widespread … more

Fridays Without Charles

Take my word for it: You don’t want to be around me at breakfast. I am not a chipper morning person, and it’s best to leave me to the coffee and the newspaper—and I mean newspaper, not online … more

Knights’ Family of the Year Have Made Mark Here

We’re mighty proud of Ryan and Elizabeth Young and their children, the Pleasant Valley family named 2018 International Family of the Year by the Knights of Columbus at the order’s Supreme Council … more

Fortaleza Desde La Debilidad

Cuando estoy débil, entonces es cuando soy fuerte” (2Cor 12,10). Después de los episodios del Monte Carmelo, en los que se narra el enfrentamiento del profeta Elías con los profetas de Baal … more

‘Addiction Mess’ Is Their Family’s Message to Others

Like many of you, I set aside a book or two to take on vacation. In Cape Cod last week, I read one that brought me so much satisfaction and joy that I wanted to share it with you. The author, or … more

Closing the Loophole on Capital Punishment

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

Somos Llamados al Discipulado Misionero — Cultura del Encuentro

En años pasados, el Papa Francisco ha llamado a todos los católicos a convertirse en “Discípulos Misioneros”. Este término ciertamente no es una idea nueva. A lo largo de mi marcha en el … more

‘Blink of an Eye’

The world would be an infinitely better place if people could understand and accept this basic concept. Suppose you were standing on a sandy beach stretching for miles, and on the tip of your finger … more

‘Inherent Dignity’

Considering the increasing awareness of racism that exists in our country today, there must be something individual parishes can do to bring about a greater understanding between the races. As a … more

‘A Land of Laws’

I consider myself a good Catholic. I go to Mass each week and donate generously to causes promoted by the Church. Yet, I am castigated by other Catholics for supporting our President. It infuriates … more

Laborers for the Harvest of Grace

Recently, I had the pleasure of accompanying nine college students who are part of the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) at SUNY New Paltz on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. I … more

Don’t Count The News Out

Count me firmly among those who hope all the “obituaries” written last week about the New York Daily News were extremely premature. As a reader for many years, I’ve certainly watched the … more

Deacons’ Service, Growth Are Signs of Faith

At the Mass in late June in which he ordained 10 men to serve as permanent deacons of the archdiocese, Cardinal Dolan reminded the congregation in St. Patrick’s Cathedral that the permanent … more

Casting Light on Darkness

Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the Lord…You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish … more

Flowers for Mary: Finding Beauty in the Backyard

Janet Easter is experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions as she arranges a bouquet in her backyard, and she is unfazed. “I’m having contractions, which is hilarious,” she says, stripping … more

Parresía y Profetismo

Los graves acontecimientos de violencia que están sucediendo actualmente en Nicaragua y la difícil situación que afrontar la Iglesia en ese país nos llevan a reflexionar sobre un concepto muy … more

Two Feasts for the ‘Summit of Summer’

The gospels, through the Transfiguration, teach us that Jesus is the light of a world often seemingly cloudy and gloomy. In His splendor, His divinity is dramatically apparent to His three friends. more

For My Children, Not for Me

Moira was a good girl who got pregnant at the end of March in her senior year at St. Damien's High School. She often thought this was lucky timing since she did not start showing until just after her … more
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