On Monday morning, members of the NYPD filed quietly into the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. They were there to mourn one of their own: Dennis Guerra died five days earlier of severe smoke inhalation. He was 38 years old, a father of four, and the first New York police officer t ... More >>
A few weeks ago, we wrote a post entitled "Cuomo's Women's Equality Act Brings The A-Word To New York State Politics." The headline basically tells the whole story. It focused on the brewing controversy evoked by a tiny stipulation in Cuomo's new bill that calls for writing Roe v. Wade protections ... More >>
Get this, Mary. Departing Pope Benedict gets to retain his hot male sidekick, Georg Ganswein, who as Andrew Sullivan says, "will be living with Benedict at the monastery inside the Vatican and keeping his day job as prefect of the new pope's household." Talk about One Man, Two Guvnors! (Or "two se ... More >>
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Earlier today, I posted Catholic League irritant Bill Donohue's video in which he blew steam about the resurrection of Andres Serrano's Piss Christ work, which is being shown in a NYC gallery. I talked about how, in the video, Donohue unveiled his own master opus, a bobblehead of President Obama st ... More >>
Today brings free contraception for all (as long as you're one of the millions insured and you don't work for a Catholic organization), under the Affordable Care Act. Effective today, these provisions cover most major preventive services without a co-pay.According to data provided by Planned Parenth ... More >>
The Virgin Mary might live in a tree in West New York, New Jersey, some now claim. Today's New York Times has a report that religious pilgrims have been flocking to the site, "making the sign of the cross and weeping at the base of a Ginkgo biloba tree with a strange knot that they believe resembl ... More >>
Loving, caring Katie Holmes has reportedly gone back to Roman Catholicism and she's taken Suri with her. As a lapsed Catholic, I have to ask: Is that really better than Scientology? And the answer would be: Yeah, a little bit. The Church has started holy wars, destroyed lives, demonized gays, opp ... More >>
A week after a blistering series in the New York Times detailing his apparent complicity in an effort by Brooklyn's Ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic leaders to cover up sex abuse in their communities, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is in damage-control mode. We noted earlier this week that some ... More >>
This Easter Sunday was not free from politics and controversy for Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who in addition to giving a sermon at Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral today, appeared in a segment that aired on CBS' Face The Nation. In the interview Dolan weighed in once again on the nation's contraception ... More >>
With all the recent women's health controversies -- Komen/Planned Parenthood, contraception in Catholic hospitals, and Virginia's plan to wand women who want abortions -- and their potential to steer women's votes away from Republicans, you'd think conservatives would prefer to get back to talking a ... More >>
New York's Catholic organizations have found themselves at the forefront of church news recently, as a controversial healthcare provision is fought over in heated public debate with the president. In January, President Obama signed into law a federal regulation which would require employers to cov ... More >>
Now that Governor Cuomo has given his all toward passing gay marriage equality legislation, and the Assembly has passed the measure for a fourth time, the focus is exactly back where it's been for the past two years: the State Senate. Yet after significant momentum at the beginning of the we ... More >>
We have to run a photo of the Flying Nun with every nun story. It's the law.The Daughters of St. Paul are suing Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, in an attempt to get out of an archdiocese-run pension fund. The Boston Globe reports that the group, which consists of around 1 ... More >>
Pierogi hosts an overview of the artist's career
Cities all over the world are celebrating Mother Teresa's birthday today, and New York is no exception, with blue and white lights planned for Times Square, the Intrepid, Borough Hall in Brooklyn, and other city locales. Notably not included in the list of landmarks honoring the Nobel-Prize-w ... More >>
And tugs at the heart
So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?
We're asking, so tell us: What about our civil rights?
Can you believe this shit is still news? The last pope got shot, and the next day even the Catholics were all talking about the Boston Celtics. Anyway, people who were upset that Susanna Maiolo knocked over Benedict XVI at Midnight Mass will be happy to learn she has been "taken to a mental inst ... More >>
According to the News, Mayor Bloomberg made his Democratic opponent formulate plans to deal with emergencies Bloomberg knew didn't exist. He also delayed the release of the fetching photo at left until after the election, despite an FOIA request.
Photo courtesy Alberto Tolot/HBO Way back during the Clinton Administration, Bill Maher had the wonderful idea of letting a comedian -- himself -- talk regularly with politicians and political commentators about current events on TV. Politically Incorrect turned poli-chat into something non-wonks ... More >>
So the Irish still get theirs. The new archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, surely soon to become a cardinal, mixes the blarney of John J. O'Connor with the buck smarts of Edward Egan, his last two Irish predecessors. In the century and a half history of the archdiocese, only Irishmen have ruled. ... More >>
Lesbians, party favors, and more
Documentary examines the Catholic Church's history of anti-Semitism
How does Rudy Giuliani go from being the presumptive Republican frontrunner in the 2008 presidential race to sitting on the sidelines in just a few short months? Stories like these certainly can't help. Here's the year in Wayne Barrett's Rudy reporting with a politico.com story thrown in for good ... More >>
Robert Riggio has made a career out of conning priests and parishes by phone. If he calls you, hang up.
Many Voice readers may be aware of Rudy Giuliani's longtime friendship with Msgr. Alan Placa, a priest accused of not only molesting four minors on Long Island but covering up other child abuse cases that he was supposed to investigate for the Catholic Church. Wayne Barrett wrote about Giuliani and ... More >>
Happy Halloween, people. A lot o' famous people were born on the day Roman Catholics call All Saints Day: John Keats, Dan Rather, Kinky Friedman, Larry Mullen, Alui Farka Touré, Johhny Marr, John Candy, Robert Pollard, and the King Ad-Rock just to name few. Not sure why Dan Rather is telling t ... More >>
Islands in the scream: A talk with Hawaiian novelist Lois-Ann Yamanaka
Someone Mad as Hell, That's Who
Beyond the aging Billy Graham, some new faces on the Christian right
On their great new album, Brooklyn's best band explores why Catholic girls start much too early
The miracle of Capitol Hill tries to pump new life into the Christian right
A cardinal's Sin: Is he the Church corporeal, or just a cog in a corporate bureaucracy?
Paul Elie's Catholic Tastes
The Cleric and the Clerk Who Turned a Blind Eye
Birth Control Coverage Snagged as Legislators Fight Over Cancer Screenings