It was a late addition to the agenda of the World Communications Day observance in Brooklyn, and it turned out to be one of the most interesting and newsworthy sessions. At Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s insistence, a discussion of the sexual abuse crisis among clergy as depicted in the Academy Award winning film, “Spotlight,” took center stage.
What was lost has now been found!
A statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that was displayed for the past four years outside the rectory at SS. Peter and Paul, Williamsburg, disappeared shortly after midnight on April 30. Tape from the parish’s surveillance cameras showed three young people running off with the sacred item.
Priests who do not take care of their own health will be of little help to their parishioners. That was the message that resounded throughout the Day of Health and Wellness for the priests of Brooklyn and Queens.
It’s been almost two weeks since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked northern Ecuador, but the country remains in a state of emergency. Ecuadorians living here in Brooklyn and Queens have been responding in the best ways they know.
The late Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan was remembered with a street co-naming last weekend in Middle Village. His sister, Fran, suggested that it was appropriate because she said, “He was a man of the streets.”
Pope Francis, with his papal exhortation from the Synod on the Family, “Amoris Laetitia,” has created a mess, just the way he likes it. In his long-awaited commentary from the Synods of the last two years, the Holy Father has reinforced the teaching of the Church – what else could he do? – but suggested that it be applied in a more merciful way.
The Diocese said goodbye recently to Sister Alice Michael, S.U.S.C., who has coordinated the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.) program in Brooklyn and Queens in recent years.
When I was a school kid, we were told that we probably would not have to give up our lives because we were Christians. At the time, it seemed like the age of martyrdom had passed. How times have changed! Today, anyone who professes a belief in Jesus as Lord will likely be discriminated against, and in some cases, may have their lives in danger.
No one knows exactly what happened when Jesus rose from the dead. There was no one there to watch. No one took a photo. There is no footage. Even the Gospels do not describe the moment of Resurrection.
During a recent DeSales Media Group day of recollection, I had a chance to spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament and to think about the Real Presence of the Lord in the Eucharist.