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

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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...]

Why Didn’t Cardinal Dolan Walk Away from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?

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I’ve shared some of my thoughts on the matter previously here, with a bit more in my syndicated column this week. I’ve certainly got some push-back for suggesting there might be some pastoral wisdom about it. Where’s the wisdom? In love. Tom Hoopes at Benedictine College offers very practical advice about that here. Tom isn’t [Read More...]

Commencement Day Was Mother’s Day at Notre Dame

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During his commencement address at Notre Dame University on Pentecost Sunday, Cardinal Dolan reminded Notre Dame of its best: It’s Notre Dame. In his commencement address yesterday, he said: Here at Notre Dame we do not strive to be like Harvard or Oxford, but like Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, Calvary, and the Upper Room at Pentecost [Read More...]

YOU Are Welcome

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There was a protest outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue yesterday; I write about here. In a statement, Joe Zwilling, the communications director for the Archdiocese of New York, says about the incident: Yesterday, prior to the 10:15 a.m. Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, a small group of individuals approached the Cathedral with blackened [Read More...]

Need to Know

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on the Kermit Gosnell case: The brutality in abortion is intimate, personal and permanent. It violates women, and it kills a developing human life every time — whether the venue is a “Women’s Medical Center”-style meat factory or a soothing suburban clinic. What makes the Gosnell story unique is that it [Read More...]

A Father’s Farewell, Shepherding Us Forward

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Cardinals have gathered in Rome to say goodbye to Pope Benedict, to thank him, and to focus in prayer and deliberation on the papal conclave to come, to elect a new man to the Chair of St. Peter. They do so with full knowledge that there is deep renewal (see George Weigel here) and reform [Read More...]

Jesus for Pope, Jesus for Our Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday …

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I’ll be honest: I hesitated before agreeing to write this piece for the New York Daily News about Cardinal Dolan and the papacy. Pretty much for the reasons Archbishop Chaput laid out recently: Who will be the next Pope? Nobody knows, and while speculating about the future can be a pleasant form of entertainment, it’s [Read More...]

I Am What’s Wrong with the World

We have a collection of insights on what happened in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday up on National Review Online today. So many of the conversations we’re hearing are just not helping, at a time when silence and prayer might be the only wise response from most of us. I was especially struck by what Michael [Read More...]


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