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 […]

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 […]

Ferguson Protests

Ferguson Business Owners: God Was Watching Over Us

By Dave Luecking FERGUSON, Mo. (CNS) – Plywood covered the broken front windows of her restaurant, the back door served as the main entrance and no diners appeared on this afternoon. Yet, Maria Flores counted her blessings. “God was watching over us,” Flores said, standing in the intact dining area at El Palenque restaurant about […]

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio - Put Out Into the Deep

Building a More Just City

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, Democracies offer citizens the right of assembly, regress, and the ability to protest issues that are not favorable to its citizens. Recently, we have seen examples of both peaceful and not so peaceful protests. In Hong Kong, far from us, we have seen in the last month, […]

Making People Aware

This week, we as a world community witnessed an act of pure, unadulterated evil in the beheading of journalist James Foley by militants of the Islamic State (IS).