Results of an Intense Bishops’ Meeting

Upon returning from the Spring General Meeting of the Bishops of the United States, I am happy to report the results of our very intense meeting.

Legalizing the Degradation of Women

It is hard to believe that in the State of New York our legislators introduced a bill this session to legalize prostitution. Unfortunately, the so-called progressive politics of today has one aim; to make individual rights override social norms and societal responsibilities.

My Plans in Retirement

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,On Sunday, June 16, I will celebrate my 75th Birthday. As Canon Law dictates, I must submit my resignation as Bishop of Brooklyn to our Holy Father, Pope Francis. The Holy Father usually does not immediately accept such a resignation, however, as it generally is the custom to do so when a successor is named. Normally, in today’s world that comes before the end of the 75th year.

The ‘Catholic School Difference’

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,As all of our Catholic high schools are coming close to graduation day, this may be a good opportunity to consider the network of Catholic high schools that remain in the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens.

The Priest’s Call ‘To Be Another Christ’

As we look toward the priestly ordinations on June 1, my thoughts turn toward all those I have ordained to the priesthood since I have been the Bishop of Brooklyn. I have been fortunate to be able to impose hands on 88 men for the service of the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens.

Deacons Are True Servants in the Diocese

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,On Saturday, May 25, I will ordain 18 Permanent Deacons for service to the Diocese in Brooklyn and Queens, as well as one Transitional Deacon who is well on his way to the priesthood.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,Each year, the 4th Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday since the Gospel always portrays in some way the theme of the Good Shepherd.

Communicating the Faith

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,For over 50 years, the Holy See has published a message from the Holy Father for World Communications Day. This year, the theme is “We are members one of another.” (Eph. 4:25) This is a reference to the social network communities to which we belong that should contribute to the whole human community.

A Plan to Help Young People Be Disciples

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Last October, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, brought together a Synod on Young People in the Church. In the recently published Post-Synodal Exhortation entitled “Christus Vivit,” or Christ is Alive, the Holy Father brings together his own thoughts and that of the Synod Fathers regarding two questions: […]

Power and Pain of the Priesthood

Our Church in the last year has undergone a terrible crisis caused by the sexual abuse scandal. We must also remember that the Church, the Body of Christ, is always the spotless bride whom Christ chooses to be His representative in the world. It is not to an institution to which we owe our loyalty, but it is rather to Jesus, Himself, who is present in His Church.