Dying and Rising: Cardinal Dolan Addresses What Is to Come

Nevermind about parades and synods. The big news in New York in coming days will be the parish mergers and closings that are imminent in the Archdiocese of New York. Changing vocational, economical, community realities make it a matter of good stewardship to make hard choices. Cardinal Timothy Dolan tries to get ahead of the [Read More...]

Pause, Pray, Catch Your Breath … Cardinal Pell Advises


Cardinal George Pell tells Francis X. Rocca from the Catholic News Service: “The secret for all Catholic vitality is fidelity to the teachings of Christ and to the tradition of the church,” said the cardinal, who sits on the nine-member Council of Cardinals advising Pope Francis on church governance. Cardinal Pell said only three of [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan Comments on Confident Continuity in Rome in the Midst of Reform and Renewal


On his Sirius Catholic Channel radio show earlier today from Rome, New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan said about that working document that was released from the Vatican earlier this week: There has been significant criticism of the initial relatio. Deep appreciation for the work that went into it, taking a quiet sum of it that [Read More...]

No Earthquake in Rome, Cardinal Dolan Emphasizes Continuing Conversation, Not Doctrinal Shifts


Commenting on some of the headlines covering the synod on the family and the working summary document that was released and discussed today, New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan emphasized that doctrine isn’t being changed in Rome right now. On his weekly radio show, Dolan was joined Fr. Jonathan Morris from the Archdiocese of New York [Read More...]

Trusting Christ, with a Little Help from Blessed John Henry Newman


I talked with Leonie Caldecott on the ground during Pope Benedict’s beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman in September 2010. This was her takeaway: Keep a hold of the truth — but in charity and with attentiveness to the position and concerns of your interlocutors. Do not be afraid to witness — but make sure [Read More...]

Creating and Sustaining, a Healthy Marriage


“Love is simple.” “Love is love.” Is it any wonder young people feel lost in love? They are often left without solid wisdom, models, and experience. Is it any wonder they’re not getting married, having seen too many marriages fail and living in a culture of extravagant, unrealistically unfair and unjust expectations and harmful advice? [Read More...]

Living Love, Getting to Holy with the Help of St. Thérèse


From Thérèse of Lisieux herself, from today’s prayer of the Church: When I had looked upon the mystical body of the Church, I recognized myself in none of the members which Saint Paul described, and what is more, I desired to distinguish myself more favorably within the whole body. Love appeared to me to be [Read More...]

Avoid the Plague of Practical Atheism


Lukewarmness can be a dangerous road there … As Pope Benedict XVI said during the Year of Faith: A particularly dangerous phenomenon for faith has arisen in our times: indeed a form of atheism exists which we define, precisely, as “practical”, in which the truths of faith or religious rites are not denied but are [Read More...]