The time we spend stuck in traffic in Brooklyn should be discounted from our time in purgatory, a friend of mine used to say. People visiting from other parts of the country have a hard time believing that a 15-mile commute usually takes an hour and 15 minutes or more. Now school is out and children are on vacation. You feel the change — but it is still a good hour ride.
While preparing this edition of The Tablet, I received a letter from Brother Ed Kent, one of the jubilarians we honor in the paper this week. He has been a Franciscan brother for 60 years – a lifetime of service to the Gospel and to the people of God in Brooklyn and Queens.
Last Saturday, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio ordained four young men to the priesthood: Father Pedro Francisco Angucho López, 31; Father Michael Francis Falce, 26; Father JohnPaul Kodiri Columbus Obiaeri, 34; and Father Edwin Alexander Ortiz, 35. The ordination of new priests is always joyous news for the Church in general, and for the diocese where they are destined to serve in particular.
Since his playing days, legendary Yankee catcher Yogi Berra has been famous for his curiously worded statements. My favorite Yogism is probably an apocryphal one about a popular restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore – it’s too crowded.” It is unintentionally wise and revealing. I imagine he meant to say that he and his friends used to go to that place – wherever it was – but at a certain point, it became so popular and crowded that they stopped visiting it.
My friend and I were at Citi Field on a cool Friday evening. He is not religious, but the Mets were ahead 8-0 in the first inning, and he was ready to believe in miracles. He was in a good mood. Then, out of the blue, he asked me, “What about the Vatican’s new guidelines against sexual abuse? Shouldn’t they have just one simple rule, namely, ‘call 911’?”
While growing up in Cuba, I had a friend who used to say, “My dream is to live in a boring country.” I was thinking about his wish while reading the news coming from Venezuela during the last weeks.
The Archdiocese of New York published a list with 120 names that ‘have been credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor or possessing child pornography,’ according to their website on April 26.
One of the perks of working for The Tablet is that you really get to know the diocese in Brooklyn and Queens. Holy Week celebrations offer a wide palette of cultures, traditions and devotions that few dioceses in the world can match. This is a really Catholic – in the original sense of the word, “universal” – diocese.
With a four-hour-long liturgy, parishioners at St. Clare Church in Rosedale celebrated the most important night of the Catholic calendar.
Saint Mel’s parish, Flushing, held the traditional Good Friday’s Processione del Cristo Morto e dell’Addolorata (Procession with the Dead Christ and Our Lady of Sorrows).