This coming week, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and the Diocese of Brooklyn’s auxiliary bishops, along with the other bishops of New York state, will head to Rome to spend a week visiting with Pope Francis, and with other Vatican offices for an “ad limina” (“To the Threshold”) meeting, which happens about every seven years. This is the first time that the U.S. bishops have had such visits with Pope Francis during his pontificate. It’s a requirement for every country, and now it’s America’s turn.
The readings presented to us at Mass during this time of year take on much more of an eschatological urgency, drawing our attention away from the things of this world to what 20th-century Protestant theologian Paul Tillich described as the “area of ultimate concern,” namely God and the things of God.
The presidential campaign hasn’t even officially begun, and yet there is already reason to be concerned about some of the ideas being recommended by some candidates.
Once again, Eugenio Scalfari, the 95-year-old co-founder and past editor of La Repubblica, a daily Italian newspaper, has caused an uproar with a supposed quote from Pope Francis.
With the appointment by the Holy See of Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as the apostolic visitor to the Diocese of Buffalo (N.Y.), two things are apparent: First, it is clear that the Vatican is well aware of the concerns and needs of the church in the United States, and second, it is clear that the Vatican views Bishop DiMarzio as a fair and excellent administrator.
Netflix has released a trailer for its new, original film entitled, “The Two Popes.” The film will, no doubt, stir up some interest in both the Catholic media and the secular press.
The decision of the “She Built NYC” committee not to include Mother Cabrini among the seven women to be honored by New York City caused outrage among the city’s Italian-American community and Catholics in general.
On Sept. 10, while flying back to Rome from his apostolic visit to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, Pope Francis was asked about schism in the church, and he replied: “There always is the schismatic option in the church,” and said, “It’s a choice that the Lord leaves to human freedom. I am not afraid of schism … I pray for them not to happen, as the spiritual health of many people is at stake.”
You never know how history will judge the time you live in. Will our opinions be relevant a hundred years from now? A thousand years from now? Johann Sebas-tian Bach was a forgotten musician for almost a century. But suddenly in the 1800s, he was “brought back to life,” and to this day is considered among the best composers ever.
A priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn who was ordained a few brief years before 2001 related this story, reflecting on the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001: