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  • Fourth Sunday in Lent 'A'
  • Seeing is believing and believing is seeing. Few of us have the ability to put into words the actuality of what the naked eye can
    see. In fact, our eyes can and often do deceive us. We don’t always see or hear with complete objectivity. It has to do with
    perspective and our ability to appreciate the relationship of one object or subject to another. I’m sure there must be a scient
    ific expl [続きを読む]
  • A time to pause...
  • Website Editorial Note: On this day of commemoration of the martyrdom of Oscar Romero, and in the light of current events nothing
    could be more appropriate and relevant than to observe the import of his life not only on the people of Sal Salvador but on the p
    oor everywhere. It is interesting that rarely do the poor have any say in the election of representatives in any government includ
    ing our [続きを読む]
  • Guest Homilist
  • Website Editor’s Note: The homily that follows was delivered at the Community Mass at St. Joseph Shrine, Stirling, New Jersey on Sunday, March 19, 2017 by Linda Stamato. Linda is a colleague and good friend. Her homily is the best example of why competent women should be in the pulpit on a regular basis. They have much to contribute to the quality of homilies and to the enrichment of the litu [続きを読む]
  • Editorial
  • Editorial: Health care is not a ‘choice’NCR National Catholic Reporter Editorial Staff | Mar. 18, 2017 The Donald Trump admi
    nistration and Republican leadership of the House of Representatives are trying to rush through Congress their long-promised repla
    cement legislation for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, President Barack Obama’s signature legislation. T
    hey are ru [続きを読む]
  • Third Sunday in Lent 'A'
  • Conduits of Grace One in ten people worldwide do not have access to clean water. That is twice the population of the United States
    . It is said that a person can live several weeks without food but only a few days without water. People in third and fourth world
    countries travel miles for water. Water is life! [Celebration, Worship Resource, NCR Publishing Co. Kansas City, 2017] The Israel
    ites c [続きを読む]
  • Point and Counterpoint
  • Website Editor’s Note: Committed as I am to ‘radical centrism’, I found the two contributions published on the Op-Ed sectio
    n of the New York Times as interesting as they are challenging. As you are aware, both columnists are conservative but Rus Douthat
    is a bit further to the right than David Brooks whom I consider a moderate conservative. I believe he comes closer to ‘radical
    centrism’ . [続きを読む]
  • Perspectives... Let's talk about it...
  • Website Editor’s Note: Father Tom Reese, SJ, is well known for his balanced views on contemporary issues and events, especially
    those within the Catholic Church. His commentary is the first of the two articles that follow and offers a positive perspective o
    n the accomplishments of Pope Francis since his election four years ago today, March 13th. Nevertheless, critics of the accomplish
    ments of [続きを読む]
  • Second Sunday in Lent 'A'
  • Called to be a blessing! There’s more than a touch of unreality in the readings for this weekend, particularly the first and the
    third. I’m referring to the larger context of the Genesis story before and after Abraham. The experience of Abraham surely must
    have seemed surreal to him and no less to Sarah. Imagine Abraham coming home from the fields telling Sarah, “You’re not going
    to believe [続きを読む]
  • Point of View
  • The Pope on Panhandling: Give Without WorryBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD ? NY Times ? MARCH 3, 2017 New Yorkers, if not city dwellers
    everywhere, might acknowledge a debt to Pope Francis this week. He has offered a concrete, permanently useful prescription for de
    aling with panhandlers. It’s this: Give them the money, and don’t worry about it.The pope’s advice, from an interview with a
    Milan maga [続きを読む]
  • First Sunday of Lent 'A'
  • A Season of Grace and Opportunity Can you remember a time in your life to which you might refer now as a time of blessing? A time of grace? Perhaps it was during your childhood years, if they were happy times, when you felt loved by mom and dad and by all who called you sister, brother or friend. Or perhaps it was in your late adolescent years, when you were breaking out and away from what you [続きを読む]
  • Notes and Quotes... Let's talk about it...
  • Website Editor’s Note: Last week, I posted a combination of several articles dealing with the unfinished business associated wi
    th the scandal of sexual abuse in the RC Church. I realize that many if not most folks in the pew assume it’s over and done with
    . But alas, notwithstanding Pope Francis’ intention to hold accountable bishops who defaulted on their responsibility to protect
    children a [続きを読む]
  • Ash Wednesday
  • It’s about prayer and action Several years ago before most of you were born, I served as an associate pastor in a small parish i
    n the eastside of Paterson. During the celebration of the Ash Wednesday liturgy, a middle-aged woman approached me at the Communio
    n station and as I presented the host to her she said, “What’s that?” I told it was Holy Communion. She responded, “I don
    ’t want that [続きを読む]
  • Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • Not to worry; I’ll be there for you! Young people are not exempt from ‘hard times’ and it is not unusual for them to bring t
    heir painful experiences, to the table for discussion during an Antioch retreat weekend. Antioch can also serve as a doorway to th
    e family table. During the commitment ceremony at the conclusion of the weekend, participants have the opportunity to give testim
    ony to th [続きを読む]
  • Notes, Quotes and Comments...
  • Website Editor’s Note: Catholic Whistle Blowers was established in 2013 as a network of current and former priests, women religi
    ous, brothers, deacons, and laypersons who actively support survivors of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Many of us have rep
    orted instances of sexual abuse to civil or church authorities, and we all struggle to expose the cover-up of abuse by church lead
    ership. [続きを読む]
  • Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • “The measure of love is to love without measure”[St Francis de Sales] When tragedy strikes in any corner of the globe, a cadre of volunteers race to the scene from near and far to join in a search and rescue mission. Earthquakes, floods, avalanches, forests fires are among the most noteworthy in recent years but comparisons are odious when it comes to saving human lives. There is energy in th [続きを読む]
  • Inspiration
  • From Wikipedia: Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez (15 August 1917 ? 24 March 1980)[3] was a prelate of the Catholic Church in El
    Salvador, who served as the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and
    torture.[4] In 1980, Romero was assassinated while offering Mass in the chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence. Pope Francis
    stated [続きを読む]
  • Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • Buckle up! It’s the Law! Life was a lot simpler when I was a child. Rules were clear but when doubts arose, clarifications were
    issued and conflicts resolved without dispute. As my mom would say, “Pay attention to the rules and regulations, and all will be
    well.” On the other hand, there were not a few arguments over the whys or wherefores of particular house rules. The rebellious
    cries of [続きを読む]
  • An Unholy Alliance... Let's Talk About It...
  • Website Editor’s Note: This is a troubling article but one that demands the attention not of every Catholic but of people of go
    od will of every tradition. I mentioned Cardinal Burke in my previous posting about corruption in the Vatican. The worst kind of c
    orruption is that clothed in sheep’s clothing. Many good Catholics are being hoodwinked and deceived by the unhealthy alliance b
    etween the [続きを読む]
  • Notes, Quotes and Comments
  • Website Editor’s Note: The admission of Pope Franics that there is corruption in the Vatican is no surprise. Hints of the same have been in the news from time to time but not until now has Pope Francis himself been so open about it. Moreover, it is no secret that the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was motivated in part by his inability to institute a reform of the curia. He admitted that he [続きを読む]
  • Point of View... Let's talk about it...
  • Website Editor’s Note: I reckon this article comes the closest to the ‘official’ Roman Catholic teaching on the protection of life from conception to natural death. In the words of the Late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, life is a ‘seamless garment’. Yes, there is still a debate among liberal and conservative Catholics about the means used to promote life at every stage. But there is common a [続きを読む]
  • Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • Be Salty for God Although not a title that she coined, I can still hear my mother describe certain individuals as “salty charact
    ers.” Even as I speak it, the phrase conjures up in my own mind the image of a salty sea captain of a storm-tossed but still se
    a-worthy vessel. But the expression, borrowed I’m sure, from the glossary of a mariner is aptly applied to a man or woman who h
    as weather [続きを読む]
  • Points of View... Let's talk about it...
  • Website Editor’s Note: It seemed inevitable that there would be a clash between Catholic social teaching and the edicts of the current president and his administration. Just as the Church has responded to abortion on demand espoused by previous administrations, to be consisted with the seamless garment of life it must respond to the most recent presidential edict on the banning of refugees. Und [続きを読む]
  • Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 'A'
  • Becoming a humble nation In the light of current events, the words of the three readings jump off the page! The world is in desperate need of healing. Can it be said any more dramatically or put more simply than that? The phrase ‘broken humanity’ is by now a cliché that has become almost trite in the light of broken governments, war and terrorism to say nothing of earthquakes, blizzards, [続きを読む]
  • One more point of view... Let's talk about it...
  • What is the Catholic response to the rise of nationalism?by Bishop Robert W McElroy, Bishop of San Diego AMERICA MagazineJanuary 24, 2017 A powerful nationalism surges through our country. It points to the feelings of dispossession that have been abroad in our land. It hints of past betrayal. It calls forth sentiments of heartfelt patriotism rooted in the historic legacy of the American experi [続きを読む]
  • Point of View -- Let's Talk About It...
  • Website Editor’s Note: I have identified myself more times than I can count as radical centrist. After reading this article in COMMONWEAL Magazine, I realized that I found myself in many of the comments of the author. There is a fear even among centrists that any identification with the prolife movement will categorize us and allow it to become a litmus test of our commitment to the social gos [続きを読む]