Cardinal Pell’s Disgraced Persecutors

While I did not know Australian Cardinal George Pell, who died last week at age 81, his ordeal of recent years has had a profound impact on me. Assisting with research at the Catholic League as his case unfolded, I became convinced that Cardinal Pell was the target of a scandalous injustice. Now, reading hisContinue reading “Cardinal Pell’s Disgraced Persecutors”

A Reader’s Thoughts on Father Pavone

So many things to write about, from my promised follow-up to the horrific murder of eight-year-old Thomas Valva by his NYPD cop father, to my recent piece on the George Santos scandal, to articles still in the works on the deaths of Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal George Pell. Meanwhile, the ongoing controversy over theContinue reading “A Reader’s Thoughts on Father Pavone”

Santos Should Not Take Seat in Congress

When I first contemplated writing about the George Santos scandal, I assumed I would be chiding those on both sides of the political and ideological spectrum for the double standard I was sure would emerge. Democrats and progressives, I knew, would be hammering the Republican Congressman-elect from Long Island for re-inventing not just his academicContinue reading “Santos Should Not Take Seat in Congress”

Throw Away the Key

While I am a strong supporter of law enforcement, I am often moved with compassion for criminal perpetrators when certain root causes—mental illness, horrific mistreatment from family or peers, or other traumatizing life experiences—have given them little chance to avoid growing into isolated, anti-social, violence-prone individuals. While I know they must be incarcerated to protectContinue reading “Throw Away the Key”


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’