Government Shutdown

We are now several weeks into the shutdown of all non-essential services of the U.S. Government. Several branches of the government have employees working at this moment without pay. The issues that the President and the Congress face are serious and they are not easily served by some of the sound-bites you hear. His Eminence, Sean Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, Mass., released a powerful statement on the governmental shutdown:

The March for Life: Affirmative Orthodoxy

Once again, the annual March for Life was held in Washington, D.C., this year on Friday, Jan. 18. Buses left from various stops in our diocese and there was the witness of tens of thousands of people of faith (and people of no faith in particular), all of whom recognize a simple fact: life begins at conception.

Who Is Afraid of the Knights of Columbus?

As if the political scene in the United States couldn’t get crazier, now come charges from two U.S. Senators that the Knights of Columbus is an extremist organization.

Never Again

In February, Pope Francis will preside over a worldwide meeting of bishops to further investigate how the Church has tackled this sorry moment in its history. May 2019 be the year in which significant progress is made so that the Light of Christ may burn ever more brightly.

A Very Little Word

Blessed Jordan of Saxony entered the Dominican order in 1220. Two years later, he was elected as St. Dominic’s successor as the Master of the Order of Friars Preachers, more commonly known, after the name of their founder, as the “Dominicans.”

A House Built on Sand?

Each year in Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City-State, a nativity scene is erected and each year, the scene is memorable. Last year’s scene was based on the corporal works of mercy and certainly had its share of supporters and detractors. This year, a sculptor from Florida was commissioned to create a nativity scene in the center of St. Peter’s Square, only this time out of 720 tons of sand!

A Big Day For Us

This week, we celebrate as a liturgical solemnity the Immaculate Conception. This is a key day for us, as Catholics, both as Americans and as members of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, because the Blessed Virgin is the patroness of the U.S. and patroness of the Brooklyn Diocese.

The New Liturgical Year – The Year of Saint Luke

Once again, we begin another liturgical year with this first Sunday of Advent. And with this new liturgical year, we begin reading again from another one of the four Evangelists as our primary guide in St. Luke’s Gospel.

Immigration – A New Testament Perspective

Last week, we looked at what Divine Revelation, as expressed in the Old Testament, had to say about migration and immigration. This week, we turn to the New Testament, primarily the Holy Gospels according to Saint Matthew and Saint Luke, to see how immigration is perceived.