JOIN US FOR A PARISH LECTURE NIGHT A balanced perspective between:Our Church teaching on welcoming the strangerANDThe Church’s recognition of a nation’s needfor secure borders PRESENTOR: RICK HINSHAW, FORMER EDITOR OFTHE LONG ISLAND CATHOLIC We are honored to have Rick at Our Lady of Mercy Parish. He has additionally served in these capacities: Former spokesmanContinue reading “A CATHOLIC DISCOURSE ON THE CHALLENGING TOPIC OF IMMIGRATION“
So the Republicans have had a disappointing performance in the mid-term elections, and much of their political class—strategists, pundits, party leaders, donors—have their ready-made scapegoat: the pro-life cause that has always made many of them uncomfortable, even while they treat pro-life votes as their (sometimes unearned) entitlement. Of course, Democrats and mainstream media, havingContinue reading “Pro-Life Not to Blame for GOP Defeats“
I have never been an immigration hardliner. In fact, for years I was pretty close to an open borders advocate—not because I believed in lawlessness, but because I viewed those coming across our southern border to find work and support their families as an asset to our country—even when they came illegally. Economically, they wereContinue reading “Secure the Border, but Don’t Hate on Migrants“
Let me be clear: If I were a Republican strategist, I would be fully on board with focusing this year’s campaigns on all the failed policies of their Democratic opponents. I would share their determination not to let Democrats use a singular focus on “abortion rights” to distract from the violent crime epidemic, spiraling inflation,Continue reading “Abortion and the Election“
From the Washington Post, 8/19/22: “Federal police stormed the home of a Catholic bishop in northern Nicaragua at dawn on Friday and detained one of President Daniel Ortega’s most prominent remaining critics as the government moved ever closer to silencing all dissent in the Central American country. “Authorities placed the bishop, the Rev. Rolando Álvarez,Continue reading “Nicaragua’s ‘Intense Waves of Repression’ “
“Jesus said: ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,and have neglected the weightier things of the law:judgment and mercy and fidelity.But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.’” — Matthew 23:23 I tend to hear these words, from the Gospel reading of August 23,Continue reading “On Scripture: Good Works Essential, So Is Prayer”
Writing back in May about how Democrats hoped the imminent overturning of Roe v. Wade could help them turn the tide against the projected Republican wave in the November mid-term elections, I predicted that wouldn’t happen “unless Republicans run scared” on the abortion issue. True to form, a number of Republicans in the New YorkContinue reading “Running Scared“
Put not your trust in princes,in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.When his spirit departs he returns to his earth;on that day his plans perish. — Psalm 146, 3-4 We all look for heroes in life—people we can admire, take inspiration from, look to for leadership and great accomplishments. WeContinue reading “On Scripture: ‘Put Not Your Trust in Princes’”
Tributes poured forth, and deservedly so, following the death last week of Michael R. Long, a giant of conservative politics in New York and across the nation. I wouldn’t even attempt to match the depth or eloquence of those remembrances, from loving family and friends, colleagues and allies in the political arena, leaders of hisContinue reading “Mike Long, R.I.P.”
A racist shooting massacre in Buffalo last May. The horrible slaughter of little schoolchildren in Uvalde, Texas in June. July opening with the mass shooting of holiday parade-goers in Highland Park, Illinois. Each time, we grope for answers, solutions, interventions that will end this madness. There are the immediate panaceas: tougher gun control, harsher punishments.Continue reading “Mass Shootings and the Power of Evil”
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