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Como cualquier otro sacerdote, uno de los deberes que más gozo, es escuchar las confesiones. Escuchamos muchas confesiones en la Catedral de San Patricio y me turno como confesor, … more
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has added a prominent voice to backers of legislation to allow federal tax credits for donations to scholarship funds for students at private and religious … more
Catholic school kids in the archdiocese are practicing the virtue of daily prayer during the 40-day season of Lent that began Ash Wednesday, March 6. They’re seeking to amplify their prayers by … more
With all the news stories regarding priests and their alleged abuse of youth in their care, I want to relate a positive story about a priest of my youth, and the effect he had on me and many other … more
I have known Sister Mary Casey, O.P., formerly Sister Michael Marie, for 45 years (Obituary, Page 37). She was my sixth grade teacher and neighbor at St. Brendan’s School in the Bronx. I was … more
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget contains a policy proposal unrelated to the state’s finances, which repeals New York’s long-standing prohibition on commercial reproductive … more
Although we’re only one week into our Lenten journey, it feels like we’ve been in this desert for months. At least that’s how it feels to me. Last summer’s revelations about Theodore … more
When David Brooks travels the country, he seeks out the good news. The bad news is all too easy to find. As a New York Times columnist writing about the social sciences, Brooks logs many miles for … more
One of the best aspects of my position as vocation director is the opportunity to meet so many different people who are dedicated to the Church and her mission throughout the United States. Earlier … more
Do you like standing in line? I guess that depends on what we’re standing in line for! I don’t mind standing in line for a Shake Shack hamburger (except on the Fridays of Lent!), or to … more
En el Segundo Domingo de Cuaresma, Ciclo C, la Liturgia nos presenta, en la primera lectura (Cf., Gn 15, 5-12.17-18), la figura de Abraham como el prototipo del creyente que demuestra en la práctica … more
Many thanks to John Woods for his Editor’s Report on Cardinal Hayes High School (CNY, Jan. 17). I graduated in June 1964. I was privileged to be a student in Msgr. Thomas McCormack’s World … more
Fairness was shown by the recent adoption of a resolution in the Senate that bars religious tests for federal officials aimed particularly, it seemed, at Catholic nominees for judgeships (CNY, Jan. … more
Reading last issue’s Letters to the Editor, all were disappointed, saddened, dismayed and disgusted with our governor and the New York State Senate and Assembly for passing the Reproductive Health … more
Last week’s unprecedented Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse did not close with a specific set of rules to end once-and-for-all the seemingly endless abuse crisis, and it did not completely … more
Through the years, I’ve covered my share of Catechetical Forums, the gatherings held each October in two locations in the archdiocese. There are a few reasons I like to go. For one, catechists are … more
There is a troubling news image that has stayed with me, stored in memory, for four years. You … more
Despite Pope Francis’ lecture on the subject at Synod 2015, and notwithstanding the passages on it in Synod 2018’s final report, there is little agreement in 21st-century Catholicism on what … more
Last Saturday, February 23, I celebrated the 10th anniversary of my appointment as your archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI. When the papal nuncio at the time, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, called to tell … more
What was the purpose of the Catholic parish 80 years ago? Eighty years ago, we knew which parish we belonged to by our street address. Technically this is still the case today although some … more
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