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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
We pray that nothing like this will ever happen again in our beloved country. We pray that we can turn the page and welcome a new administration in Washington that can lead us through the morass … more
Many thanks to our good friend Bishop Edmund Whalen for celebrating Mass at St. Peter’s, Barclay Street, on the Jan. 4 feast day of St. Elizabeth Seton, and to Father Jarlath Quinn, pastor, for … more
In May 2020, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the House of Representatives approved a Covid-19 relief package much larger than the final version approved and signed recently by President Trump. Sen. Mitch … 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
As the calendar turns to a New Year, we’re all looking ahead to better days. How can it be otherwise? The year 2020 was an annus horribilis, a horrible year, in so many ways—the sickness and … more
Mr. Conroy's letter (CNY, Dec. 17) about a Dec. 3 article on excluding undocumented immigrants from the census is incorrect. The section of the Constitution he cites apportions representatives … more
I agree wholeheartedly with Donald J. Conroy’s letter (CNY, Dec. 17) concerning who should be included in the census for the purpose of determining representation. Carl P. Sardaro Sr. … 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
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