In 1983, ABC Television broadcast a “made-for-TV” film entitled “The Day After.” This film helped shape the consciousness of a generation of young people who watched it. It tells the story of what would occur if a nuclear war actually occurred between the then-Soviet Union and the United States. Watching the film today, nearly 36 years later, one is aware that, artistically perhaps, it has not aged well. Regardless, the message remains the same. To engage in a nuclear war would be catastrophic.
Recently, some in the Catholic community have called for the excommunication of Governor Andrew Cuomo and those Catholic members of the legislature who supported the change in the law to allow for the termination of a pregnancy up until the moment of birth.
If we can learn anything from the Covington Catholic event which so overshadowed the real intent of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., perhaps it is to be aware of how quickly we respond to news we read on the internet. As has become known since more video footage has been released, some of the immediate reactions of the media like that of The New York Times has been proven wrong.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.