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A couple weeks ago, right after the inauguration of our new president, I was a guest on the enjoyable weekly radio show, “The Rabbi and the Rev,” with my friends Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and the … more
It’s normal for us to hear from pro-life leaders right around the March for Life in Washington, D.C., which coincides with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. As many readers know, this … more
St. Thomas Aquinas distinguished between two concepts called “acts of humans” as opposed to “human acts.” At first blush this may sound like semantics, but when we understand his reasoning we … more
I’ve never had to write an obituary. I realize how fortunate that makes me. As a professional writer, I’ve imagined what it would be like to write one. Perhaps that’s morbid, but it’s a … more
A wretched year came to a sorrowful end when Father Maciej Zięba, O.P., died in his native Wrocław, Poland, on Dec. 31. The birthplace of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Wrocław was also the home of St. … more
I needed that! Last week, I visited the Father Vincent Capodanno Academy, an excellent Catholic elementary school on Staten Island. While I often happily visit one of our grade or high schools, … more
Como hemos escrito en otra columna, la revelación natural (a través de las cosas creadas) no requiere de la fe, sino que basta la luz natural de la razón para llegar a un conocimiento de Dios como … more
Por qué ¿Ustedes los católicos están tan obsesionados con el aborto?” esto me preguntó un líder político bastante conocido. “Bueno, déjame decirle a usted,” le respondí … more
In the overnight hours of New Year’s Day, the front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral was again marred by graffiti for the second time in recent months. This time, the scrawling on the cathedral’s … more
In many ways he is the unsung hero of the Christmas story. We focus each year on the Virgin Mary and the Lord, and St. Joseph, although present in our nativity scenes, can easily be overlooked. Yet … more
Last year I celebrated a milestone birthday soon after the coronavirus arrived. My sister had planned a family party, but of course it had to be scrapped. I was disappointed but not undone, and I … more
La revelación es una manifestación de Dios al hombre. Dios se ha revelado de distintas maneras. La Iglesia no habla de una revelación natural y una revelación sobrenatural. Según la primera, el … more
As the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches, I’m pondering how far we’ve tumbled since that shameful decision. It’s clear to me that respect for life has eroded for humans across the … more
Why are you Catholics so hung up about abortion?” this rather well-known political leader asked me. “Well, let me tell you,” I happily replied. “For one, thanks for acknowledging how … more
You might have noticed that this issue of Catholic New York is dated Dec. 31, 2020. That’s right, the last day of a year that has challenged us like no other. It’s almost a cliché at this point … more
With 2020 in our rearview mirror, most of us are hoping for a new year that looks nothing like the old year. As we struggled through past 10 months of pandemic, with one hit after another leaving us … more
When Violet Jessop set out to be a maritime stewardess, she wasn’t driven by some starry-eyed desire to see the world. She was moved by necessity. Her Irish father, a sheep farmer, had died of … more
Los evangelios de Mateo y Lucas nos presentan dos genealogías distintas de Jesús. San Mateo comienza su Evangelio diciendo: “Libro de la generación de Jesucristo, hijo de David, hijo de … more
Cardinal Dolan,” the reporter asked, “isn’t it difficult for us to believe in a loving, providential God in the face of all the suffering we have seen in 2020?” Fair enough question, … more
Mario Quinsata, age 68: “I was never allowed to go inside the building to visit my mom and dad who reside on the second floor of an assisted living residence in a neighboring state. They are 92 and … more
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