Family Spirit Sustains Men, Women in Blue

It hasn’t been a very good year to be a police officer. Ferguson! The Eric Garner Grand Jury decision! The assassinations of Detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos! They have been just some of the hurdles that law enforcement officials have had to jump this year. That’s why it was important that this year’s Communion-breakfast […]

Racial Divide Still Plagues Us

The current situation in our country, especially in the City of New York, brings to mind the question of racial and class divide in our society. I am grateful to my brother Bishop Edward Braxton, of Belleville, Ill., for his reflection on “The Racial Divide in the United States: A Reflection for the World Day of Peace 2015.”

‘Annus Horribilis’

Our city, and indeed the nation, is reeling from the assassinations of two New York City police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. These two officers of the law, both married, with the 40-year-old Ramos having two sons and Liu being recently married, were gunned down for no reason other than the fact that they […]

Theologians Misguided

Dear Editor: The article about Catholic theologians (Dec. 20) referenced the incidents in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y. However, it failed to mention that the perpetrator in Ferguson had just committed a robbery and violently attacked a police officer. It also failed to mention that the perpetrator in Staten Island was a career criminal […]

Catholic Theologians Make a Mark Against Racial Injustice

WASHINGTON (CNS) – This year the “hope for a just peace” that is Advent “must face the flagrant failures of a nation still bound by sin, our bondage to and complicity in racial injustice,” said a group of Catholic theologians. “The killings of black men, women and children … by white policemen, and the failures […]


Dear Editor: Regarding your Page 1 story in the Dec. 13th edition, perhaps you should have someone check the facts before publication of a sensitive story – the unfortunate death of Mr. Garner. The writer states that Officer Pantaleo used a nightstick to take down Mr. Garner. There was never a night stick used during […]

Light in the Darkness

This has been quite the year for violence in the world. Just looking at the past six months, we have seen the rise of the Islamic State in the Middle East and the barbarism that has resulted from its insane campaign to spread its hatred throughout the world. We have witnessed their war on Christians […]

Religious Leaders Seek Calm in NYC

The day after a grand jury decided it would not indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, the New York City Commission of Religious Leaders asked that any protests arising from the matter be peaceful. “We all agree that these protests must remain peaceful, for the […]