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While we Catholics believe that a church building is certainly not The Church, we still take the building very seriously. more
En general, mi columna no es un lugar para analizar los cambios del personal, pero espero que me permita contarle algo sobre dos decisiones que son particularmente importantes para nuestra … more
My column is not usually a place to discuss personnel moves, but I hope you will allow me to give you some background on two decisions that are particularly … more
At first I thought it was maybe just me. All summer, with news of the stinging scandals—Theodore McCarrick, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury, the controversy caused by Archbishop Vigano’s … more
Sí, sé que la devoción clásica popular del Vía Crucis, de acompañar con reverencia a Jesús en su tortuoso viaje desde su injusta condena por parte de … more
Yes, I know that the classical, popular devotion, the Via Crucis—reverently accompanying Jesus on His tortured journey from unjust condemnation by Pontius Pilate, to His repose in the arms of … more
Maybe it’s because he preached these words in my hometown of St. Louis at Mass on his visit there in 1999, but the following teaching of Pope St. John Paul II has always had a special meaning … more
We all enjoy reminiscing about the “good old days” when, so we ruminate, all was simpler, clearer, happier. When I was a graduate student in Church history, our acclaimed professor, … more
A blessed Fourth of July and summer! I was home in St. Louis last weekend, a cherished, enjoyable family reunion like most of us celebrate these happy weeks of summer. As I sat on the porch … more
Last weekend’s newspapers, and reports on TV and radio, understandably had a lot on dads, since Sunday was Fathers’ Day. Was it just me, though, or were there more stories than usual … more
We all wonder about it at one time or another! What’s at the core of the universe? What is at the very foundation of existence? What power makes the world tick? Those of us fortunate … more
Here’s an important word in the Catholic lexicon: holistic. When looking at the miracle, the work of art that we call the human person, we take in the whole: body, mind, and soul. This is … more
May...the month of Mary. It’s appropriate, is it not? Creation is bursting with life. Grass, leaves, bushes, flowers—allergies!—all over the place. Nature is as it should … more
You may remember the somber event that occurred in the days prior to Holy Week, when Firefighter Michael Davidson died in the line of duty battling a blaze in Harlem. The entire city grieved, and … more
  Continued blessings this Easter season! Today, I want to write about a few matters: First, renewed congratulations to our new Catholics who entered the Church on Holy Saturday! … more
Spring seems to be fighting to arrive! Winter still seems to have us in its death grip. Please God, by the time you read this, it will be warm, bright, and green. Spring will have conquered! more
  The following is the homily Cardinal Dolan delivered at the Funeral Mass for Lt. Michael Davidson in St. Patrick’s Cathedral March 27. This funeral Mass is about two … more
Is nothing less than a miracle... Saturday night I offered Mass for the new parish of St. John Bosco in Port Chester. Sure, every Mass is a miracle, but that’s not the one I want to write … more
February brings a lot of anniversaries for me. The 6th was, in Jack Benny’s vocabulary, the 29th anniversary of my 39th birthday; the 18th of this usually dreary month was my 6th … more
I am writing this on Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday, so my mind is on Lent, our forty days of spiritual preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Yet, I must also confess that my mind is … more
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