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  • The Long Road to Recovery
  • Website Editorial Note: Longtime subscribers to this website may recall that it was initiated thirteen years as a commentary on cu
    rrent events in the Church and on world events effecting the Church at large and of interest to people in the pew. For several ye
    ars, a great deal of attention focused on the cover-up of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the U.S. Church in general and in the di
    ocese in [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • No Fair! “In the olden days” there were very few organized sports for children. We engaged in neighborhood “pick-up” games. If there were enough kids on the block, someone would say, “Who wants to play kick ball, stick ball or two-hand touch?” all variants on soccer, baseball, or football but played on the street instead of a field. I was not a star player. I was usually the last to be [続きを読む]
  • The Vietnam War
  • Website Editorial Note: I have been riveted to the PBS ‘documentary’ on the Vietnam War. I have not missed an episode and intend to watch it the very end. It is not an easy film to watch and I do confess that I have found the constant battle scenes a bit tedious at times. I reckon that may be the result of the tendency to view them as scenes from a Hollywood feature film. Unless I am mistaken [続きを読む]
  • Editorial Op-Ed 'Extra' on Health Care
  • Website Editorial Note: Once again, Americans are faced with another attempt to deny the human right of every citizen to health c
    are. It is not a privilege granted to few or to those who can afford it. It is a human right. The two articles that follow speak f
    or themselves. One from a respected conservative, David Brooks, the second for a very well respected Catholic humanitarian, Sr. Ca
    rol Keeh [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • Untie the knots Rarely does a day pass without a report of hurt or hardship of one kind or other, the result of physical or mental
    abuse by friend or foe. And what of the picayune offenses, grudges and misdemeanors that disturb the peace and nag at the heart?
    Caught in the cross fire of war in the streets and war on battle fields across the ocean, still reeling from the effects of hurric
    anes H [続きを読む]
  • A Vote for Prophecy
  • Website Editor’s Note: Here’s a vote for prophecy, a much needed vocation in the Church. On the other hand, there are Church p
    rophets who are not officially recognized. Perhaps that’s one of the characteristics of an authentic prophet! Though Richard Ro
    hr does not lay claim to that title, I believe he fulfills the requirements. Indeed, he lives in “on the edge of the inside.”
    I can name ot [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • It’s all about healing love The following story is not a true story but there is truth in the story. It’s a family story about a man losing control over his life and risking the loss of his family in the process. This man had worked hard all his life. You might say that he pulled himself up by the bootstraps after the depression. He married his teenage sweetheart and together they headed ou [続きを読む]
  • The Role of Women in the Church
  • Website Editor’s Note: Notwithstanding the recognition by the Pope and several bishops of the importance of women in the life of
    the Church, their role in deliberative and decision-making positions remains limited to counsel and advice. Where would local par
    ishes be were it not for the action and activity of women? The article below is just one more opportunity to raise the consciousn
    ess and [続きを読む]
  • Labor Day
  • Tradition of the Church on the Dignity of Work. Work should be the setting for this rich personal growth, where many aspects of li
    fe enter into play: creativity, planning for the future, developing our talents, living out our values, relating to others, giving
    glory to God. It follows that, in the reality of today’s global society, it is essential that “we continue to prioritize the
    goal of a [続きを読む]
  • Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • “It’s a question of living one’s life in a drastically different way.”[Dorothy Day] An MRI or CAT Scan surveys all or a po
    rtion of the human body and can identify signs of a life-threatening illness before it matures and takes hold of an individual. It
    ’s really an extraordinary diagnostic. Of course, it takes trained technicians to administer the scan and knowledgeable physici
    ans to inte [続きを読む]
  • Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • And who are you for Jesus? Biblical scholars maintain that Mathew had a reason for situating the dialogue between Jesus and Peter
    in Caesarea Philippi, twenty-five miles northeast of the Sea of Galilee. Located at the base of Mt Hermon and near the springs tha
    t fed the Jordan River The area was scattered with as many as fourteen pagan temples. The original city was named Paneas after Pa
    n, the [続きを読む]
  • What Moderates Believe
  • Website Editorial Note: Shall I state it once more that I am a ‘radical centrist,’ not a centrist? There is a difference. A centrist can be viewed as talking out of both sides of his/her mouth. A radical centrist, in the pursuit of truth, demands that he or she drill down to the core of both all positions in a debate in a search for common values. It often happens that such a pursuit coupled [続きを読む]
  • Keep Hope Alive!
  • Website Editorial Note Our age is, in especial degree,the age of criticismand to criticism everything must submit.Religion through
    its sanctity,and lawgiving through its majesty,may seek to exempt themselves from it.but they then just awaken just suspicion,and
    cannot claim the sincere respectwhich reason accordsonly to that which has been able to sustainthe test of free and open examinat
    ion. [ [続きを読む]
  • Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • All Are Welcome! I think it’s fair to say that all of us have a few biases of one kind or other. Not all biases are bad nor are they necessarily prejudicial to someone else’s opinion. On the contrary, there are good biases that amount to strong convictions that do not exclude or dishonor the convictions of others. Authors, including the biblical writers wrote with a bias with the conviction [続きを読む]
  • Another Website Extra
  • Website Editorial Note: I feel the need to introduce the following NCR editorial with a personal apology. Unfortunately, I was una
    ware of the events that triggered the violence in Charlottesville until late Saturday evening and did not grasp the significance o
    f these events until Sunday morning. While I alluded to the events in my homily and request for prayers for the victims of the vio
    lence, I [続きを読む]
  • Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • That Sinking Feeling It has been said rightly, I think, that we are not born with inherent fear. We acquire both healthy and unhe
    althy fears from experiences that shape our lives. However, with the help of good mentors, we can acquire the wisdom to avoid many
    life-threatening situations and we can learn to cope with unavoidable experiences that evoke fear and anxiety. I will never for
    get a [続きを読む]
  • Website 'Extra' ...
  • A must read… Rarely does a day pass without a new ‘tweet’ from Donald. Some people laugh; some people weep, but most people
    are tired of the tirades that only trigger more hysteria from the left and from the right. Sanity is up for grabs! But every so of
    ten, someone makes sense of the mess in which America, it seems, is indulging. Andrew Bacevich is a frequent contributor to the we
    bsite: To [続きを読む]
  • Guest Editorials / Op Ed
  • Website Editorial Note: There are few topics of greater moral and political controversy than universal health care coverage and i
    mmigration. Although congressional debate on health care has been temporarily tabled, it has not ended. Notwithstanding the minori
    ty opinion that a single payment plan would work best for the majority of Americans, the strongest supporters of ‘Obama Care’
    agree that [続きを読む]
  • Feast if the Transfiguration 'A'
  • It is good for us to be here. Be attentive. The Webster Dictionary defines an ‘aha moment’ as a point in time when one has a s
    udden insight or realization and I would add, a mystical experience, an inspiration the result of which is the awareness about lif
    e that clarifies the future and may even determine one’s destiny. I think it’s safe to say that all of us have experienced at
    one time o [続きを読む]
  • Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • With Wisdom, Dignity and Compassion It was on his succession as King in the footsteps of his father, David, that Solomon prayed no
    t for silver or gold, power or prestige; not for a thousand friends on Facebook or for a large following on Twitter but for wisdom
    . And God gave the qualities he needed to lead his people. In effect, God empowered Solomon to prudence―the ability to accept th
    e demand [続きを読む]
  • From the Pastor's Study
  • Website Editorial Note: For many years I have struggled with the notion of a compassionate ‘sending’ his Son to die for humanity. How could this be anything but an act of a cruel God. What father or mother would wish or will the death of a son or daughter to make up for their sins or the sins of their ancestors? A loving father or mother will die rather than give their son or daughter up to d [続きを読む]
  • Guest Homilist
  • Website Editorial Note: From time to time, I post the homily of a guest preacher, most of the time that of a deacon at a parish w
    here I serve as a weekend associate celebrant. This week I am pleased to post the homily of Deacon Tom Healy of St. Luke Parish in
    Long Valley. Tom is an creative homilist who makes the Scriptures come alive by combining composition and delivery. I offer his m
    ost rece [続きを読む]
  • Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • Saint, sinner or both? All are welcome! If you went to Catholic school in the forties and fifties, fundraisers were part of the normal curriculum: magazine subscriptions in autumn, candy in the winter and seed sales for Victory Gardens in the spring. Being a horticulturist at heart but hating to go house to house or relative-to-relative selling seeds, I pressed my mom to purchase the whole batc [続きを読む]
  • Editorial Op-Ed 'Extra'
  • Website Editorial Note: God is neither Republican nor a Democrat. I remain a radical centrist. David Brooks is an intelligent, we
    ll-respected conservative who I suspect has Republican roots. I assume those roots remain firm as you may glean from the following
    article. Last week I posted an op-ed article entitled, ‘Health Reform, Both Real and Conservative’ by David Leonhard publishe
    d in the [続きを読む]