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I hope I’m not all by myself in my deep concern about a number of troubling issues around the world. Of course, I acknowledge that Jesus consoled us “not to be afraid,” and … more
The quote on the cover of the 2021 July 19-26 issue of Time magazine is misleading. Beneath a crestfallen image of Japanese-born Naomi Osaka, the world’s reigning female tennis champion, is the … more
This column originally appeared in Catholic New York Sept. 24, 1987.   A roomful of Hollywood people who know something about holding center stage sat captivated for a half-hour one … more
This column originally appeared in Catholic New York June 9, 1988.     After 30 years or so of turning out newspaper columns, I’m long since used to the idea that readers … more
This column originally appeared in Catholic New York Sept. 27, 1990.Over the years in this business, I’ve been lucky enough to log some fascinating travels, with some memorable stops along the … more
When the Archdiocese of New York celebrated its bicentennial in 2008, Cardinal Dolan was a year late for the occasion, as he was not appointed Archbishop of New York until the following year when he … more
Writing a monthly article for Catholic New York was not my idea. Shortly after my appointment as vocations director, a priest friend suggested I consider writing an article to highlight vocations and … more
At 1 p.m. EDT on June 18, it was announced that three-quarters of the U.S. bishops had voted to develop a statement on the eucharistic integrity of the Church and the eucharistic coherence of … more
Did you see that Pope Francis has designated Saints Joachim and Ann, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as “patrons of grandparents?” Bravo, Holy Father! No surprise, as you have so often … more
Alguien puede presumir de sus debilidades? La pregunta tiene sentido, pues, normalmente, de lo que la gente presume es de sus fortalezas y de sus logros. Consideran que las debilidades personales no … more
Este año, el Día de la Independencia, el 4 de julio, fue un domingo. ¡Bien! ¡Podemos alabar a Dios por nuestra libertad y nuestro amado país mucho mejor en la Misa Dominical! Podemos … more
Marty Rogers walks the walk in his South Bronx neighborhood. He is usually doing something to lift up his Melrose community or Immaculate Conception parish there, often both at the same time. A … more

Rosary-challenged. That’s how I’ve described myself for most of my life. Don’t get me wrong. I have more sets of rosary beads than I can count, tucked away in my nightstand … more

There is an art and a science to slow living. This summer I’m trying to learn both.In music you can measure it. The tempo called largo—Italian for slow and broad—clocks in at 40 to … more
El Evangelio de Marcos nos narra el conocido pasaje de la curación de una hemorroísa (Cf., Mc 5, 25-34). La escena se desarrolla cuando Jesús va en camino hacia la casa de Jairo (un jefe de la … more
This year, Independence Day, the fourth of July, is on a Sunday.Good! We can praise God for our freedom and our beloved country all the better at Sunday Mass!We can recall the observation of Billy … more
This month our country celebrates 245 years of liberty and justice for all. We proudly proclaim our sincere dedication to these two values, liberty and justice, whenever we pledge our allegiance to … more
A remarkable retreat-style meeting took place June 9-10 at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie involving a few dozen members of the John 17 Movement, which promotes the unity of all believers in … more
It’s now the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but for native Baltimoreans of a certain vintage (like me) it is, was and always will be “the Old … more
With extra time on their hands because of the Covid-19 pandemic, some people have decided to declutter their homes and discard what they no longer need. This often means tossing items that have … more
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