“(New York Governor Andrew) Cuomo’s concubinage gives prominent bad example against marriage, but his official actions in regard to “gay marriage” have changed the very definition of marriage in the populous state under his care; Cuomo’s living arrangements are of immediate canonical concern to only two of New York’s eight arch/bishops, but his political actions [Read More...]
Allison Salerno has some observations about marriage preparation in general, and one couple in particular: A 78-year-old widower I know, married to his first wife for 55 years, tomorrow will wed a never-married, lifelong Catholic in her sixties. They planned to marry in the Catholic Church. Instead, they are hoofing it across the street to [Read More...]
Were you slapped at your confirmation? We don’t do that anymore and, in this week’s All Things New, I wonder if we need to bring back the slap: Earlier this month, I was serving as deacon at our parish confirmation in Queens. The bishop anointed each of the kids as they came forward and then—I [Read More...]
It happened in Texas, and the child has cerebral palsy. Details: A disabled boy was refused his first Holy Communion after a priest decided the child could not understand what it meant, his family have claimed. Eight-year-old Kevin Castro’s family have accused Father Phil Henning, priest at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Floresville, Texas, [Read More...]
Jesus, moved tonight to a temporary altar erected in the middle of our church. (Click to enlarge the pictures). This was accomplished with a beautiful candlelight processional around the darkened church, complete with Pange Lingua Gloriosi… Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s Glory, Of His flesh the myst’ry sing: Of the Blood, all price exceeding, Shed [Read More...]
A young woman approached me before mass on Palm Sunday to ask that question. I replied, “Of course not. That’s fine.” She smiled sheepishly and said, “I know some priests don’t like it.” I reassured it that it was okay, and she later came to my communion station, knelt, and received on the tongue. [Read More...]
Here’s a very cool entry in the iConfess video contest. It’s Reconciliation Monday here in New York. Want to get something off your chest (or off your back)? Now’s the perfect time to do it. Here’s one reason why… [Read more...]
Since this is Reconciliation Monday in the greater New York City area — three dioceses are “leaving the light on” until 9 pm tonight, so people can go to confession — here’s a fascinating glimpse at the sacrament from the 19th century, courtesy Pat McNamara, who found this advice in a manual for seminarians: A [Read More...]
The Archbishop there, Michael Sheehan, has issued a pastoral letter that was read at all masses this past weekend. A snip: We have three groups of people who are living contrary to the Gospel teaching on marriage: those who cohabit; those who have a merely civil union with no previous marriage; and those who have [Read More...]
Deacon Greg Kandra is a Roman Catholic deacon serving the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. In February 2011, he was named the Executive Editor of ONE, the acclaimed magazine published by the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA).
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