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Kudos for Fordham Prof   Dear Editor: I read with interest George Weigel’s column on “Lessons from Dietrich von Hildebrand” in The Tablet (Nov. 29). Dr. Weigel astutely notes that phenomenology often requires patience to work through somewhat opaque texts. Unfortunately, he did not have the advantage of having Dr. William A. Marra, long-time philosophy […]

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Light in the Darkness

This has been quite the year for violence in the world. Just looking at the past six months, we have seen the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East and the barbarism that has resulted from its insane campaign to spread its hatred throughout the world. We have witnessed their war on Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, and their pledge to carry this violence to the rest of the world, most chillingly, even to the Vatican.

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Letters to the Editor

Everyone Is Welcome Dear Editor: Mr. Mattes’ letter (Nov. 29) was critical of Kelly Bothum’s Nov. 15th column.  He wrote: “The writer laments the less-than-welcoming stance of the Church toward those in ‘messy, non-traditional, perfectly imperfect’ family situations.” Mr. Mattes’ answered his own question as to why does the Church teaches such hard doctrines and […]

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Everyone Matters

Once again, we were reminded this past week that we live in a fallen world. The Eric Garner case is, simply put, a tragedy. Whenever anyone loses his or her life in an act of violence, it is a tragedy. It doesn’t matter that Garner is older or younger, black or white, what matters is that he is a human being, a husband, a father. What matters is that someone created in the image and likeness of God is gone.

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Letters to the Editor

Be Wary of Politicians

Dear Editor: I would caution church officials when standing on church stairs at the invitation of New York City politicians to announce such newly introduced legislation as that affecting undocumented people in our City. Apart from the divisiveness of this issue, the City has enacted a bill which does nothing more than abrogate and stand in contradiction to current federal law and legal policy on illegal immigrants.

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Continuity of Papacy

Robert B Kaiser, a commentator on the Second Vatican Council, in his book, “Pope, Council, and World: The Story of Vatican II,” quotes the famous American Roman Catholic systematic theologian, Father John Courtney Murray, S.J., concerning Pope Saint John XXIII:

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Letters to the Editor

Non-Traditional Families Dear Editor: Having read Kelly Bothum’s column (Nov. 15), I have a few questions and thoughts. The writer laments the less-than-welcoming stance of the Church toward those in “messy, non-traditional, perfectly imperfect,” family situations. My question is, why does the Church teach such hard doctrines and stand firm in defending traditional morality? The […]

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A Holy Holiday

Thanksgiving is clearly a civil holiday in the USA. And yet, for many of us still, thanks be to God, it takes on a religious significance. Many of our Catholic faithful, either on Thanksgiving day itself, or on the eve of Thanksgiving, join together in the action that defines what Thanksgiving truly is – the […]

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Letters to the Editor

Recognizing God’s Plan
Dear Editor: I spend a part of each day walking in my neighborhood with my companion dog Matlock. I say hello to everyone, and many times I strike up a conversation with the people I meet. Sometimes I meet people who are seriously ill and may be terminal. They ask me, “Why does God keep me alive?” At first, I was caught off guard. What can I say to a person who is or will be facing pain, suffering and possibly death?

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Marriage and Priesthood

This past week, responding to a request from Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Oriental Churches, Pope Francis gave permission that Eastern Catholic rite bishops in the Western world may ordain married men in their home territory.

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