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

Pro-Life Not to Blame for GOP Defeats

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

Secure the Border, but Don’t Hate on Migrants

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

Abortion and the Election

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

Nicaragua’s ‘Intense Waves of Repression’ 

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’ 

On Scripture: Good Works Essential, So Is Prayer

“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”

On Scripture: ‘Put Not Your Trust in Princes’

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’”

Mass Shootings and the Power of Evil

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”