Just a few items to share with you.
For one, late tonight I leave for Rome, summoned there, along with my brother Cardinals from around the world, by Pope Francis. Your intentions accompany me, and I already look forward to returning back here in a week.
What brings us over is the consistory for new cardinals, to occur this Saturday, February 22, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. We “upper-classmen” are always there to welcome “freshmen”!
People wonder about the significance of even having cardinals anymore, and, occasionally, I do myself.
Sunday is always colorful, interesting, and inspirational at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, as thousands from all over the world crowded in for prayer, to light a votive candle, or to worship at one of a dozen Masses.
Last Sunday seemed even more so. I started the day meeting the leadership of our Knights of Columbus, the largest volunteer organization in the country. We spoke about our common efforts to protect the innocent, fragile life of the baby in the womb, but also about their sterling work to assist poor, mostly immigrant children attend our first-rate inner city Catholic schools, and their…
Pope Francis is an excellent teacher. He’s a classical Jesuit, and has himself taught in high school (chemistry and literature, I hear) in Argentina.
An effective pedagogue sets a few clear goals for his class. “Professor” Francis sure has done so for the Church, for the world, for all God’s children.
Among his goals is a call to love and serve the poor. No surprise, since this is a clear, clean goal of Jesus in the gospels.
This month of January presents us a chance to grow in our love and service of the poor.
January 20th is the birthday of the Reverend…
One part of the HHS mandate sadly goes into effect today.
You probably know all about the mandate by now. It’s the decree from the Secretary of Health and Human Services that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employer health care plans to include contraceptive services for women, including drugs called abortifacients. Although, in America’s finest tradition, the bill allows an exemption for religious reasons, it presumes to define just what a church’s ministry must be to qualify, a dramatic and unprecedented intrusion into the integrity of all faiths. My brother bishops and I – in welcome collaboration…
Let me share with you this interesting article written by Andrew Ferguson, senior editor at The Weekly Standard. Ferguson writes about after-birth abortion.
On the list of the world’s most unnecessary occupations—aromatherapist, golf pro, journalism professor, vice president of the United States—that of medical ethicist ranks very high. They are happily employed by pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and other outposts of the vast medical-industrial combine, where their job is to advise the boss to go ahead and do what he was going to do anyway (“Put it on the market!” “Pull the plug on the geezer!”). They also attend conferences where…
A few days ago, I came across an interesting column in The Long Island Catholic written by Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre. He writes about President Obama’s healthcare mandate.
Here is an excerpt:
This mandate is a radical incursion on the part of our government into freedom of conscience founded on our religious beliefs! It contravenes the First Amendment and several federal laws. More importantly, it violates the law of God who gave us life and calls us to respect all human life. The Bill of Rights assures us that we have a right in this country to obey God’s…
This morning I had the immense privilege of celebrating a Requiem Mass for Dr. Bernard Nathanson. It was inspiring to see so many people present to celebrate the life of this champion of life. Dr. Nathanson’s pastor, Father Gerald Murray, preached a magnificent homily. I’m privileged to share it with you.
Here is an excerpt:
“Dr. Bernard Nathanson was a fearless advocate of the self-evident truth that it is a grave injustice to kill people before they are born. The unjust decisions of the United States Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton mandating legalized abortion…
I’ve known for a long time that I should lose some weight. So, last week, I visited my doctor, and he showed me a gross, disgusting, dripping ball of yellow wax. “This,” he said to me, “is what ten pounds of fat looks like. This is what you’re carrying around in your body.” Was it upsetting? Unnerving? Sobering? You bet it was. It was also true, and it was effective, as it strengthened my resolve to get my weight under control.
Being confronted by the truth can often be unpleasant. That’s why those who fight so hard to eradicate world…
I just came back from my apostolic visitation of the Irish seminaries, and I’m catching up on some reading. You may have seen these articles recently, but just in case you haven’t, let me share them with you.
Rocco Palmo’s wrote about Cardinal Wuerl’s recent column on civil discourse last week in Whispers in the Loggia. Here is an excerpt:
In his most prominent intervention to date on an issue he’s tackled repeatedly over recent months, Washington’s freshly-elevated Cardinal Donald Wuerl has taken his campaign for civility in the public discourse to the pages of the capital’s Post.
Even though I am in Rome, somebody sent me the attached article from former NYS Assemblymember Michael Benjamin, who joined us at the press conference on January 6 sponsored by the Chiaroscuro Foundation. I am grateful to Mr. Benjamin for his thoughtful and honest insights.
Here is an excerpt:
You have to wonder some times about what provokes citywide outrage — and what doesn’t.
Last week, Schools Chancellor Cathie Black’s offhand joke about how birth control would resolve school overcrowding elicited a cascade of angry responses flooding news outlets, blogs and Twitter. Before the sun was high in the sky,…