Over the past few months, accusations and admissions of sexual impropriety and sexual harassment have been all over the press, from Hollywood to Washington, D.C. Big name actors and producers in the entertainment field have admitted that they used their power and their influence to abuse both women and men and some have publically apologized for their actions.
As we in the Diocese of Brooklyn celebrate the Year of Vocations, praying to the Lord of the Harvest that He will call many more young men to the vocation of priesthood in the Church and many more young women to the vocation of Consecrated Life in the Church, we turn our attention to the saints and beg their intercession. One such saint is Thomas Aquinas.
In the Gospel of St. John 8:12, the Lord Jesus states: “The poor you will always have with you.” Some interpret this passage to mean that there is nothing that we can do to ultimately alleviate the suffering of the poor in this world. They have always been there, and they always will be there.
This past Tuesday, Oct. 31 was the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This is hardly a day that we should celebrate. More than ever, it is an occasion for which prayer, work, and study are essential for both Catholics and Protestants.
The draft document of the Strategic Plan 2018-2022 for the U.S. Government’s Health and Human Services just was released in September. It states:
The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis spoke at the end of the conference. Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna, one of the principal writers of the Catechism, gave a masterful talk on its history and creation, reminding all present just how much it is a work of the Second Vatican Council and our last two popes, St. John Paul II and its editor, Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger).
In a rare triumph for religious freedom and the liberty of the conscience, the Trump Administration was able to issue rules, albeit interim, concerning the exemption for religious organizations who do not wish to supply contraception and abortifacients for their employees.
This weekend, we reach that Monday in October so longed for by school teachers, that first three-day weekend, that first day off, at least for Catholic school teachers. Yes, Columbus Day is rapidly approaching and, as it has been for several years now, the man whom we commemorate is a figure of controversy.
Everyone who has studied high school physics is aware of the popular law of nature that for every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction.
Former Presidential Advisor, Steve Bannon, in an interview on “60 Minutes,” offered a rather un-nuanced view on why the Catholic Bishops of the U.S. were pro-immigration. Bannon stated: “They need illegal aliens to fill the pews.”