Fatherly Advice from Fifth Avenue

As the debate over remaking marriage in New York continues, Archbishop Timothy Dolan makes a plea and issues a reminder: Along with so many other people of faith – and of no particular religion at all – we Catholic pastors and citizens persevere, on this Father’s Day, in our prayers and efforts to defend the timeless definition of marriage as the loving, faithful union between one man and o... More

Reader: Marriage battle continues in NY, Rep. Weiner quits, NC cuts PP funding, Supremes upholds Pledge, and praise for Conan

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. To put pressure on the New York State Senate, the lower chamber just passed a bill to legalize so-called ‘same-sex marriage’ by a 80-63 vote. With Gov. Andrew Cuomo ready and willing to sign the bill, the last chance to stop marriage redefinition is in the New York State Senate. The New York Dai... More

Good Morning, New York, Call Albany

Conscience is not adequately protected in the same-sex marriage legislation before Albany. The governor “took a walk” on the issue, Robin Wilson, professor of law at Washington and Lee University, who has helped craft real, robust exemptions, tells me. Read more here, including her detailed analysis. Knowing this, Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s statement earlier in the week takes on added me... More
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Archbishop Dolan Wins 60 Minutes

Morley Safer of CBS’ 60 Minutes spent some time talking with one of my favorite Catholics, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York. Dolan is a gregarious Irishman with a smile that doesn’t quit, a magnetism that holds your attention, an eloquence that instructs without overburdening, and honesty and fidelity that inspire. My final semester in seminary began with a 5-day silent retreat wit... More

Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral named a basilica. Bishop DuBois would be pleased.

The Archdiocese of New York has its first minor basilica: Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the two hundred year-old gothic church in the NoLIta neighborhood. It is a stunningly beautiful church which I only visited once: in the middle of the night in the midst of a torrential downpour the night after Pope John Paul II passed away. The above-linked New York Times piece gives a good description of... More

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