America’s two (political) Catholic tribes

- in New York City –
Being archbishop of New York means that you usually don’t have to leave home to meet anyone. For example, in October, Cardinal Timothy Dolan will preside over the annual Al Smith fundraising dinner for New York’s Catholic Charities. As per custom, both presidential candidates will attend, the only time they appear together in an election year aside from the debates. Continue reading

Ten years of priesthood and the fun continues

- in New York City –
More weight and less hair, for the most part. Priestly ordination changes the soul, after all. It does not preserve the body. So when I gathered with my ordination classmates for a 10th anniversary reunion last week, the march of time was evident. What remained unchanged was the joy granted us by the fraternity of the priesthood. Continue reading

Russia’s real top story – and it’s not Pussy Riot

The Pussy Riot trial was the second most important story regarding the Russian Orthodox Church last week. Understandably, it got top billing. A punk band invoked the Mother of God in Moscow’s cathedral to protect Russia from its new czar, Vladimir Putin, and to inveigh against the support given to the regime by the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate. Politics, protest, church, state, freedom and censorship — it had it all, and so dominated the global news. Continue reading

The best games money can buy

It’s not over until the fat lady sings. Fat ladies are in short supply at the Olympics, so London 2012 pressed Fatboy Slim and George Michael into service as the closing ceremonies highlighted the history of British music. Not William Byrd or Edward Elgar mind you, but the Spice Girls. The Queen had wisely decamped to Balmoral, leaving Prince Harry to supervise the fat ladies of both genders and all sizes who closed down the Olympics. Continue reading