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On the Solemnity of Christ the King in 2013, Pope Francis completed the work of the 2012 Synod of Bishops with the apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), issuing a ringing … more
"Oh, for the good old days!” Do you say that a lot? I admit I sure do. In the midst of all the troubles in the world—the devastation in Haiti, the violence in Afghanistan, the despair of … more
Como hemos explicado en nuestra anterior columna, es a finales del Antiguo Testamento que la esperanza en la resurrección (y una justicia ultraterrena) se convierte en una respuesta más razonable … more
Oh, por los buenos viejos tiempos!" ¿Dices eso mucho? Les admito que yo sí. En medio de todos los problemas del mundo: la devastación en Haití, la violencia en Afganistán, la … more
Speaking to Msgr. Peter Vaccari Monday, just a day after his return from Lebanon where he visited the port of Beirut so devastated in the powerful explosion that rocked the city and surrounding area … more
I submitted two articles tonight, and moments after I hit send, I was struck by the parallel. Sure, they both involved retired Catholics. But in my focus on the specifics of their work—the … more
En el antiguo judaísmo se pensaba que la bendición de Dios se concreta en esta vida, pues no se creía en la resurrección o en una pervivencia del alma más allá de la muerte física del hombre. … more
I’m going to make an example out of you!” Usually, hearing those words, we figure someone is in big trouble. The one uttering those words, most of the time through clenched teeth, wants to … more
Last week was a sad one at Catholic New York as we said goodbye to founding Editor in Chief Gerald M. Costello, who is remembered fondly for establishing Catholic New York 40 years ago and leading … more
It was a beautiful summer day, but it began with a few glitches and it only got worse. For one thing, it was hot. I don’t like hot weather, and when it’s really hot all I want to do is … more
As a child of the ‘60s and ‘70s, I grew up with my share of interesting entertainment options when it came to exploring the life of Jesus. I performed songs from “Godspell” … more
En varios pasajes de los evangelios Jesús destaca la fe de personas no pertenecientes al pueblo de Israel y que son discriminados por ser paganos. El pasaje de Mt 15, 21-28 nos presenta uno de … more
I hope I’m not all by myself in my deep concern about a number of troubling issues around the world. Of course, I acknowledge that Jesus consoled us “not to be afraid,” and … more
The quote on the cover of the 2021 July 19-26 issue of Time magazine is misleading. Beneath a crestfallen image of Japanese-born Naomi Osaka, the world’s reigning female tennis champion, is the … more
This column originally appeared in Catholic New York Sept. 24, 1987.   A roomful of Hollywood people who know something about holding center stage sat captivated for a half-hour one … more
This column originally appeared in Catholic New York June 9, 1988.     After 30 years or so of turning out newspaper columns, I’m long since used to the idea that readers … more
This column originally appeared in Catholic New York Sept. 27, 1990.Over the years in this business, I’ve been lucky enough to log some fascinating travels, with some memorable stops along the … more
When the Archdiocese of New York celebrated its bicentennial in 2008, Cardinal Dolan was a year late for the occasion, as he was not appointed Archbishop of New York until the following year when he … more
Writing a monthly article for Catholic New York was not my idea. Shortly after my appointment as vocations director, a priest friend suggested I consider writing an article to highlight vocations and … more
At 1 p.m. EDT on June 18, it was announced that three-quarters of the U.S. bishops had voted to develop a statement on the eucharistic integrity of the Church and the eucharistic coherence of … more
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