The Life and Witness of Dan Berrigan

It will surprise some that I have a certain admiration for the late Father Daniel Berrigan, the controversial Catholic peace activist who was born 100 years ago this month, and died just five years ago. Certainly, I differed with much of Father Berrigan’s world view. But I’ve long felt—a feeling further affirmed when I readContinue reading “The Life and Witness of Dan Berrigan”

Lethal Threat to Pro-Life Pregnancy Services

Pro-life pregnancy resources are being targeted for destruction by the New York State legislature. Bill A05499 would authorize the New York State Health Commissioner to conduct a study of pro-life pregnancy centers in the state, potentially overwhelming their limited resources and largely volunteer staffs with requirements to compile and turn over to the state voluminousContinue reading “Lethal Threat to Pro-Life Pregnancy Services”

Catholic Communal Life vs. Communism

“Those who believed shared all things in common; they would sell their property and goods, dividing everything on the basis of each one’s needs.” Thus does the Acts of the Apostles describe the “communal life” of the early Christians. “None of them ever claimed anything as his own; rather, everything was held in common.” This,Continue reading “Catholic Communal Life vs. Communism”

Rick Hinshaw to Write for Newsmax Insiders

Hi, Friends. Just wanted to share some exciting news, that I am now a regular contributor to Newsmax Insiders on the Newsmax website. I’ll be publishing at least two columns a month on Newsmax. This will give much greater exposure to my Reading the Signs blog posts, affording me the opportunity to share with aContinue reading “Rick Hinshaw to Write for Newsmax Insiders”

‘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”