Manhattan Diaryby Cahir O'Doherty
- Forging a bond with my father during an idyllic trip to Donegal
- JFK and the Sacred Heart were the twin pillars of life in Donegal
- The War on Thanksgiving
- Honor our Irish American forefathers by maintaining the ailing US infrastructure
- In the aftermath of suicide, a long walk through a strange country
In the midst of all the celebrations this week I’d like to take a moment to recall that on the recent 10th anniversary of 9/11, new Cardinal Timothy Dolan chose not to honor Father Mychal Judge, the first recorded victim of that godforsaken 2001 attack, and a man that many now call the Saint of 9/11.
It was a glaring omission considering what he still means to the Irish American community, the city’s brave firefighters and to many other communities in New York.
This weekend we learned even more AMAZING FUN FACTS about Rick Santorum.
First he told us that college in the United States is just a giant left wing indoctrination camp for elitists, which is presumably the only reason why President Obama says its important to go.
This week we learned the GOP's best prescribed form of contraception is abstinence.
And if a woman decides she wants to get pregnant she can simply refrain from abstinence. The country's Catholic Bishop's are in complete agreement.
Who better to tell women how to make their own reproductive choices than a room full of religious conservative elderly white men? I mean, obviously right?
Clearly that's what Fox New's Sean Hannity concluded this week when he reflexively assembled an all-male panel to discuss women's reproductive rights.
You can't grow up in the north of Ireland without confronting the question of what it means to be a man. Sooner or later you're going to ask yourself, or more likely someone's going to tell you.
And it usually doesn't take long because the job description itself isn't long. Generally you'll be told if you're doing it right, or scolded if you're doing it wrong.
Yesterday New Jersey's Senate approved marriage equality for same sex couples. The bill passed by a wider than expected margin.
But Governor Chris Christie has promised to veto it when it comes to his desk on Thursday, contemptuously calling the vote ' a bunch of good theater.'
Let's pause in the middle of this clearly manufactured 'controversy' between the White House and some Catholic leaders over the new rule on providing contraception to consider the following.
Yesterday attorney Jeffrey Anderson revealed at least 8,000 children were sexually abused by over 100 priests and other offenders in the Milwaukee Catholic Diocese.
Imagine there are literally tens of thousands of people who, although they have never met you, don’t like you. And I mean they really don’t like you.
It’s personal. They don’t like how you look, act, think, vote, talk or express yourself. Many of them don’t even think you should exist.
Another day, another opportunity for Bill Donohue to blame some unsuspecting soul for all of the ills affecting the Catholic Church.
This week's pinata is Madonna, the nemesis of all that is wholesome, proper and sacred since 1984 (to hear Bill and his Catholic League of one tell it).