There is no need whatsoever for us to enumerate just how much of anannus horribilis (a horrible year) that this has been for our Church, our nation, our world.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio kept many parents and teachers in suspense this past weekend, about whether public schools would close and move to remote learning or if they might remain open. Mayor de Blasio made it quite clear that if the rolling-rate of COVID-19 cases reaches 3 percent, then all city schools will close.
We still don’t know exactly how Catholics voted in this election, but based on previous election cycles we can assume each candidate probably received more than 40 percent of the Catholic vote.
Pray for peace in our nation. This country is so much greater than a single presidential election. Pray that everyone can be women and men of peace and healing — of reconciliation — and that we can remember that we are called to be good citizens of this realm with our hearts and minds set on the world to come.
The editorial boards of secular newspapers do it. So why does The Tablet choose not to endorse political candidates? It’s a question we are often asked. Perhaps now is the time to offer some insight, during the final days of an election that seems to be tearing the country apart.
On the evening of Oct. 16, Judge Nicholas Garaufis denied the second request of the Diocese of Brooklyn for a preliminary injunction on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order curtailing the number of people who can participate in religious services and attend Mass in communities with high COVID-19 positivity rates.
The threat of COVID-19 spreading is one that is very real. In some parts of Brooklyn and Queens, there has been a rise in the number of cases. We, as responsible good citizens of New York City, need to do everything that is humanly possible to prevent the further rise of infections in our area.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Diocese of Brooklyn has strictly followed all the government orders and regulations to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Tablet’s editorials have supported this course of action every step of the way, but this time is different, and Governor Cuomo should reconsider his decision.
The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court has been received as an important success for the pro-life movement. Since the Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973, abortion has been considered a constitutional right for pregnant women. Pro-lifers have worked and hoped for a majority of pro-life justices in the Supreme Court that could one day overturn the Roe vs. Wade decision.
Let’s face it — everyone’s lives have changed since the start of the worldwide spread of the Coronavirus. Education, health-care, entertainment, and family life all have been affected, and not in ways that are positive, by and large. This is also true for the common worship of the Lord.