Bishop of the Media

Last Tuesday, Pope Francis appointed Father Robert Barron, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago as one of the new auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. This, in many ways, is a recognition by the pope, of the unique ministry of Father Barron.

He’ll Talk About Jesus

Prior to the ordination liturgy of our two new auxiliary bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan was asked by one of our stalwart producers from NET-TV what he thought Pope Francis would be speaking about during his visit to the U.S. in September. The cardinal simply replied with one word: “Jesus.”

Lifeless Conversation

The comments from Dr. Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood concerning the obtaining of fetal tissue from abortions have served as a wake-up call to many Americans. Abortion is murder, period. It is a horrific act that harms both mother and child, as well as the father of the child and society in general. The casual […]

Say It Isn’t So, Donald

The comments of presidential candidate, Donald Trump, concerning Mexican people, do not gel with the experience of so many in our beloved country and in our churches in Brooklyn and Queens. One at first simply hoped that Trump was being misquoted, merely having his words being taken out of context. But this clearly was not the case. One then hoped that Trump, ever the showman, was simply engaging in negative rhetoric and would eventually draw out something positive from his comments. He did not.

Defying Reality

With the decision rendered by the Supreme Court of the United States of America declaring same-sex marriage as the law of the land, Catholics are once again called to recognize that, like abortion, another unjust law has been passed. The Court has decided to disregard the common definition of marriage in all cultures since the beginning of time, namely that marriage is between a man and a woman, as well as completely, flagrantly ignoring natural law.

Impacting the World

Last week, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, released his encyclical, “Laudato Si,” which is on the care of our common world. Far from just a letter on environmental issues, the pope is addressing a larger issue: the impact that we, as human beings, have on the world. We are each called to be good stewards of the gifts which with the Lord has blessed us.

We Are One Nation

The reaction of the people of Charleston, South Carolina, to the horrendous shootings in a Bible Study class has been inspirational. There have been no riots, no demonstrations, just a call for justice and even the offer of forgiveness.

Threat in Albany

A threat to resurrect the elimination of the statute of limitations for church workers accused of sexual abuse is nothing more than a continuation of the dirtiest politics in Albany. Coming on the next to last day of the Assembly’s scheduled session, the proposal was nothing more than a threat of retaliation to the Church because of its firm support for the Education Tax Credit proposal that it has been backing.

Encyclical’s Authority

Editorial: Care for the environment is a moral issue. Our Holy Father is asking us to take seriously our responsibility to care for our common home.

Why Consecrated Life?

The Church has been blessed this year dedicated to consecrated life. We have the tremendous witness of religious sisters and nuns, religious brothers and friars, and those consecrated in secular institutes to remind us of three things: first, how the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience can influence our own lives; second, how a particular charism can aid the entire Church; and third, of the necessity of joy in community.