Posts Tagged ‘The Catholic Channel’

Rev. Martin Luther King and the Value of Faith

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Yesterday, during my radio program, Conversation with the Cardinal, that is broadcast on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM, I talked about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the great impact his faith had on his life.  Here’s a little of what I had to say:

“Where would we be without his enlightened leadership?  But once again, would you find that today those who would extol, rightly, the Reverend Martin Luther King’s leadership would also very often might not be on our side with religious values being in the public square?  In other words, today it is kind of a secularist mindset that religion, morality, the Bible, teachings that we have from our religion, our churches, those are best kept private.  And I’m thinking to myself, ‘Wow, I’m sure glad Martin Luther King didn’t believe that.’  I’m sure glad that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King did not believe that what he prayed on Sunday morning was not to be implemented on Monday morning.  For him, politics was shot through with religious values and for him there was no apologizing for the fact that the Bible, that Jesus, that the Old Testament prophets, they were definitive in culture, in life, in our nation….So, I’m proud of him as a religious leader, as a clergyman, as a minister, as a preacher, that he’s the one that led us in this great act of freedom and emancipation.”

I’m also happy that I got to participate in NBC-TV’s celebration of Dr. King’s speech, in what they’re calling #DreamDay.  You can find my video here.

Promoting New Evangelization

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

I’m spending this week at the Vatican for the first-ever meeting of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.  I’m honored that the Holy Father has appointed me to this new and vital Council, responsible for helping to promote the faith.  The Holy Father met with us on Monday, and our meetings with Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the President of the Council, and cardinals and bishops from around the world have been enlightening and inspiring.  This is an area of tremendous emphasis for the Church, and it is reflected in the enthusiasm and commitment of everyone in these meetings.

Since I was in Rome, I took the opportunity to record my weekly radio program, “A Conversation with the Archbishop” for The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Radio from the studios of Vatican Radio.  When I was Rector of the North American College in Rome, I used to record brief reflections for Vatican Radio, so it was great to be back.  We recorded this week’s show in the Karol Wojtyla Studios, named for Pope John Paul II, since it was the studio that he used to record 21 Polish-language programs for Vatican Radio while he was the Cardinal-Archbishop of Krakow, Poland.  I was a little let-down when I found out that I wasn’t the first Catholic Channel host to broadcast from the Karol Wojtyla Studio.  Apparently Lino Rulli, The Catholic Guy, beat me to it! Archbishop Fisichella, Sean Patrick Lovett who heads the English desk at Vatican Radio, and Monsignor Paul Tighe, a priest from Dublin who now works at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, were my guests.   I hope you will listen on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time to hear the show on Sirius XM 129.

With Archbishop Fisichella at the taping of the show

Sean Patrick Lovett and me

With Monsignor Paul Tighe

Photos by Joseph Zwilling

You’ll notice a television camera in the picture with Archbishop Fisichella.  The Today Show is broadcasting from the Vatican this Thursday morning, and they’ve asked me to be a part of it.  I’ll be with Matt Lauer and Al Roker from Saint Peter’s Square.  Should be a fun morning, so tune in if you can.

Have a blessed Ascension Thursday.

To Whom Shall We Go?

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

How many of us know physicians who not just live – but proclaim their faith in their practice of medicine? I hope you know at least some.

How many of us have heard that the Catholic Church is against science and progress in helping couples conceive and bear children?  Probably quite a few.

How many of us can say we’ve met the son of a canonized Saint? Seems like unrelated questions don’t they? Allow me….

It was my joy and privilege last week to visit and bless the new Gianna Catholic Healthcare Center for Women located right in the middle of the City of New York (address: 15 East 40th Street, Suite 101, New York, NY 10016) and to enshrine an image and relic of St. Gianna.

At the Gianna Center

The Gianna Center is named for one of our more recent saints — St. Gianna Beretta Molla, an Italian physician, wife, and mother who died at the age of 39 in 1962 rather than follow advice to abort her fourth child due to a tumor that would put her life at risk. Hers is a profound story of strength and trust in God – and I hope you read more about her life here.  The Gianna Center, which opened last November, is operated by two young, dedicated and faithful physicians whom I’ve come to know and admire very much – Dr. Anne Mielnik and Dr. Kyle Beiter.  These two heroic individuals, determined to practice their faith and their medical skills together, have “cast out into the deep” with laudable trust in Divine Providence.

These doctors offer a unique service in the archdiocese; they are specially trained in helping couples in the noblest quest of all – procreation of human life! Word must get out that there are morally licit, technologically savvy ways for couples who have been having difficulty conceiving a child to bring about new life.  Word must get out about what is happening at the Gianna Center, because the false caricature that the Church is against science and technology has unfortunately become far too widely accepted.

When I heard these inspiring physicians talk on my radio show recently about the successes of the scientifically proven, ethically defensible ‘NaProTechnology’ and compare them to the world’s deadly answer to infertility – in vitro fertilization – I said “This needs to be on the front page of the every paper in the country!” These doctors do something others don’t – they listen.  They walk this often deeply painful journey with couples and then try their hardest to find the root causes rather than give pat answers to “common complaints.” They use the latest advances in natural family planning – which is not the old rhythm method! – helping couples understand their own unique cycles and systems. And – if needed – they assist in correcting underlying problems so the couple can conceive naturally.  This should be music to our ears folks! It is to mine!

A few moments in particular stand out from the inspiring visit to bless the Gianna Center.  One was meeting a couple who had conceived a child through the work of the Center.  The mom positively glowed as she talked of the upcoming birth of her baby!  Another uplifting moment was witnessing the  7 or 8 doctors who were present take the St. Gianna Physician’s Guild Catholic Hippocratic Oath – that document of old, yes, but so needed to be proclaimed today – an oath which professes to protect the dignity of marriage, the integrity of the human person and the sacredness of human life – to provide true Catholic health care!

The other moment that stands out relates to that sort of puzzling question about meeting the son of a canonized saint.  Well, guess what?  The living son of St. Gianna, Pierluigi Molla, now 53 years old, was also present at this enshrinement event – and he spoke to us of his mom, the saint – St. Gianna! How ordinary she was to him, he said – he was only five when she died — and yet what a contemporary example of an apostle of life she is to us!

Dr. Anne Mielnik, Founder of the Gianna Center and Pierluigi Molla, son of St. Gianna, join me in front of the newly enshrined image of St. Gianna Beretta Molla.

So join me in celebrating this joyful occasion – hope renewed for married couples, family life and Catholic health – care!

St. Gianna, pray for us!

The word must get out!

p.s. In this confusing world of ours, sometimes we need a bit of help in making sense of all of this.  Fortunately the Church provides us with great wisdom and clarity in this area. See the following Church documents, including the latest which the US bishops approved just this past November: Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology, Dignitas Personae, Donum Vitae, and Evangelium Vitae.

Fasting & Penance

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

We are just about half-way through Lent, making this the perfect time to recommit ourselves to a real spirit of prayer, fasting, and charity.  My column this week in Catholic New York, the Archdiocesan newspaper, is all about Lenten Penance.  Here’s an excerpt:

Jesus doesn’t really tell us what we should exactly do for penance—although He does extol fasting, cutting down seriously on food—but He sure insists that we undergo some   self-sacrifice.

Yes, it may be eating less, giving up certain foods, or doing laudable acts we find tough.

All you need to do is look at me to conclude that I’m hardly an expert in fasting. But, believe me, I highly appreciate its value, take it seriously in Lent, and realize that it is a   big boost to my spiritual (and physical) health.

On my weekly program, A Conversation with the Archbishop, heard on The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, I speak with Monsignor Charles Murphy, author of the The Spirituality of Fasting.  (The program airs today at 1:00 p.m. eastern time, and is repeated several times over the weekend.)  Monsignor Murphy is a priest of the Diocese of Portland, Maine, and one of my predecessors as Rector of the North American College.  I highly recommend his fine book.

A Wonderful Sunday

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Although this past weekend’s heavy snowstorm understandably dominated the news headlines, for me, this past Sunday was about much more than the weather.  At the 10:15 a.m. Mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, I was delighted to see an overflow crowd of worshippers who braved the elements to join in the greatest of prayers, the Mass.  It was my honor to welcome Rabbi David Posner and his wife Sylvia to the Cathedral.  Ten days earlier, Rabbi Posner had invited me to Temple Emanu-El to light the candle on the menorah for the first night of Hanukkah. I was pleased that Rabbi Posner joined us at Mass to light the candle for the Fourth Sunday of Advent on our Advent wreath.  Catholic New York has a picture of it here.

Later that afternoon, I visited the Sirius XM studios for a special broadcast with Rabbi Harlan Wechsler, the founding rabbi of Congregation Or Zarua, and host of Rabbi Wechsler Teaches on Sirius XM Stars.  We had a fascinating and wide ranging discussion of faith, community, tradition, and how our respective faiths approach this holiday/holy-day season.  Here are a couple of clips of the show that Sirius XM has posted on YouTube.  If you missed the program, we’ll be replaying it in the Conversation with the Archbishop timeslot on The Catholic Channel over New Year’s weekend.  The first airing will be on New Year’s Eve at 1:00 p.m. eastern time.

Broadcasting from the Bishops Conference

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

My program for The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio is normally produced from my residence on Madison Avenue in New York, but since I’m in Baltimore this week for the annual USCCB meeting we decided to produce the show from here. Because of the full schedule we keep, the best time for us to tape the show was 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning!  I’m not complaining at all, because I was particularly privileged to have with me Cardinal Egan, who founded The Catholic Channel during his time as Archbishop, and was also my predecessor on this program.  It was great to have him on for the hour!  Joining us were Father James Wehner, Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and Monsignor James Checchio, Rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome.  It was inspiring to hear about the enthusiasm of the young men currently preparing themselves to answer God’s call to the priesthood.  I think you’ll find it an interesting program.  It airs Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, and then at various times during the weekend.


With Edward Cardinal Egan and Rob Astorino at the taping of the show


Father Wehner of the Josephinum with Rob Astorino


Edward Cardinal Egan and me


Monsignor Checchio of the North American College joins in

photos by Emily Marlow

Congratulations to Rob Astorino

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
copyright by Maria R. Bastone
copyright by Maria R. Bastone

Congratulations to Rob Astorino, the fine Program Director of The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, who cruised to victory Tuesday evening and is now the newly elected County Executive of Westchester County.

Rob has served the Catholic Channel well, and I’ve very much enjoyed working with him.  A few years ago, he came to Milwaukee to interview me for The Catholic Channel, and back in February, on the day my appointment to New York was announced, Rob interviewed me and Cardinal Egan.  In April, we began our weekly program, Conversation with the Archbishop which I have immensely enjoyed.

Just a few weeks ago, Rob and his lovely wife, Sheila had their third child, a beautiful young girl named Ashlin who joins big brother Sean and big sister Kiley.  My prayers and best wishes are with Rob as he undertakes his new responsibilities as a father and County Executive.

A Conversation with Cardinal George

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

On my radio show this week I have a very interesting conversation with His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, about his new book The Difference God Makes: A Catholic Vision of Faith, Communion and Culture.  As always, I found Cardinal George to be remarkably insightful and engaging.

Paulist Father Dave Dwyer, who normally serves as the host of The Busted Halo Show, is the guest host this week, filling in for Rob Astorino.

You can listen to A Conversation with the Archbishop on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM Satellite Radio every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with replays throughout the weekend.  You can find a full schedule and information about all of our wonderful programming here.

Columbus Day – 10.12.09

Monday, October 19th, 2009

On Monday, October 12, I had the privilege of celebrating Mass in honor of Christopher Columbus, prior to the annual Columbus Day Parade. These parades – the Pulaski Day Parade, the Hispanic Day Parade, the Columbus Day Parade – have been new and joyful experiences for me. I am especially happy that these parades are preceded by prayer, as people come to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for Mass, to thank Almighty God for all of His blessings.

A number of people asked me for a copy of my homily from the Columbus Day Mass, which can be found here:

small image of PDF IconColumbus Day Homily

Hispanic Day Parade

Hispanic Day Parade

Bishop Arias and I meet a future bishop!

Bishop Arias and I meet a future bishop!

John Slattery of WCBS-TV interviews me during the Columbus Day Parade

John Slattery of WCBS-TV interviews me during the Columbus Day Parade

With Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon

With Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, Cardinal Egan, and I admire a float.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, Cardinal Egan, and I admire a float.

The cast of The Catholic Guy Show from The Catholic Channel broadcast from the Cathedral during the Columbus Day Parade
The cast of The Catholic Guy Show from The Catholic Channel broadcast from the Cathedral during the Columbus Day Parade

Photos by Joseph Zwilling

A Programming Note

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

On my radio program today, “Conversation with the Archbishop” on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM Satellite Radio, I have a delightful chat with Father David Toups, a priest of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, who serves as the Associate Director of the Committee of Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C.   He’s also the author of a splendid book, Reclaiming Our Priestly Character. Gus Lloyd, host of Seize the Day on The Catholic Channel, serves as the “sub-host” on the program.  The program airs at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and is repeated several times over the course of the weekend.

Also, my new Catholic New York column was released today, and in it I talk about the power of the Rosary, especially appropriate during this month dedicated to this beloved prayer. You can read it online at the Catholic New York website.