‘Forgive Us, As We Forgive Those…’

We are approaching Monday of Holy Week—Reconciliation Monday here in the New York metropolitan area, when virtually all parishes are open for confessions throughout the entire day. This tradition was started in our Diocese of Rockville Centre more than two decades ago, and instituted shortly thereafter in the Brooklyn Diocese and Archdiocese of New York.Continue reading “‘Forgive Us, As We Forgive Those…’”

Church’s “Yes” to God’s Timeless Truths

To the dismay of those who repeatedly misread Pope Francis’ conciliatory words as a harbinger of doctrinal changes, the Vatican has dashed expectations that the pope would approve Church blessings on homosexual relationships. Those expectations were clearly misguided. Yes, Pope Francis, presenting the Church as universally welcoming and inclusive, has seemed to engage in aContinue reading “Church’s “Yes” to God’s Timeless Truths”

“Equality” Act is Anything But

When is “Equality” not a good thing? When it is deceptively invoked to disguise legislation that will not advance equality, but will instead radically rewrite civil rights law and destroy religious freedom protections; that will impose “gender ideology” upon children, families, and faith-based institutions, affecting everything from bathroom privacy, to the integrity of women’s sports,Continue reading ““Equality” Act is Anything But”

‘Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness’

President Biden’s choice for Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), drew immediate opposition from some Republicans, and reported concerns from West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin—although Manchin subsequently said he would vote to confirm the nominee.   “We are concerned with Rep. Haaland’s record on energy development,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) explained, citing herContinue reading “‘Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness’”

Compromise Needed on Immigration

Readers of my columns and editorials in The Long Island Catholic over the years know I have a very positive view of immigration. I believe immigrants—even those who come here illegally—can make vital contributions to our economy and social fabric. They contribute economically by becoming consumers as well as producers, thereby increasing demand and creatingContinue reading “Compromise Needed on Immigration”

Responding to Human Suffering

I recently wrote that there can be no true social justice until our laws uphold the sanctity of all human life, beginning with the most innocent, most vulnerable—unborn children.    That is not, however, to dismiss the very real human sufferings all around us that cry out for just and humane responses—as befit the cultureContinue reading “Responding to Human Suffering”

Life and Justice

In a statement on the inauguration of Joe Biden, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed the nation’s second Catholic chief executive as “a President who clearly understands, in a deep and personal way, the importance of religious faith and institutions”; and whose “piety and personalContinue reading “Life and Justice”

The Hatred and Violence Must Stop

“How do you like this new democracy, that has a mob storming the Capitol and…blocking the access of the majority party into their offices and into the legislative chamber? It looks more like anarchy to me.” “…cameras caught protesters storming the Capitol – breaking doors and windows – in a last-ditch push to protest and possibly blockContinue reading “The Hatred and Violence Must Stop”

The Intolerance of the Tolerant

“Bigot.” “Traitor.” “Liar.” “Fraud.” As Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard departs Congress, the vicious name-calling directed at her over the last month still echoes. What did Rep. Gabbard do to merit such vilification from fellow progressives? Simple. She dared to challenge the abortion absolutism and gender ideology that are defining principles of America’s secular left, dissentContinue reading “The Intolerance of the Tolerant”