Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Spotlight on the Vatican?

Alas, no, but Nuzzi and Fittipaldi are under scrutiny for acquisition of leaked documents.

Reportage by New York Times:
November 13th - Elisabetta Povoledo titled "Vatican Investigates 2 Journalists Over Leaked Documents." 

November 24th - Elisabetta Povoledo, "Vatican trial Begins Over Leaked Documents".

Paul Moses' November 22 post at dotCommonweal, "The Vatican Indictment and Press Freedom" shares a journalist's view and is followed by a still growing forum of comments from the dotCommonweal readership.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

"Spotlight" on New York?

As Spotlight opened in New York, The Daily News published Marci Hamilton's piece,  "Let victims pursue their abusers: New York's outdated statute of limitations badly needs fixing," where she states her opinion that little of the truth re bishops' cover up has surfaced.

 Four days later, The Daily News published Edward T. Mechmann's (Director of Safe Environment, Archdiocese of New York) rebuttal.

Fact checkers and mental reservation experts, welcome!


Last Saturday we saw "Spotlight" at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville.  The first showings offered had sold out, but we were lucky enough to get tickets for the 2:15 show, and we were glad we did.

While I didn't learn anything I didn't know, it was gratifying to see this material receive national exposure before a broader audience.  It was also a well-deserved tribute to the integrity, fortitude and resourcefulness of investigative journalists.

Dominic Preziosi's post at dotCommonweal, "The Necessary Ordinariness of 'Spotlight'" presents his experience of the film and is followed by the usual dotCommonweal forum of lively opinions, most from Catholics and many from journalists.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Vilnius

Feast of Our Lady of Vilnius, November 2006

Our counterparts sing "Marija, Marija" at Ausros Vartu Parapija of Montreal, Canada, 2011

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Paris, we're with you.

In Remembrance: Feast of St. Stanislaus Kostka, November 13

I awake to the sound of water rushing north,
Past my window, as the moon, tiding in the bay,
Pulls the Hudson and pushes barges carrying wheat.
I see a sea gull diving for a frightened fish.
Down below, in the garden, a scent of lilac
Draws me. Forsythias yellow the humid air.
I watch the skywriting of Monarch butterflies.
I hear the glad ringing of the church’s bells.
For it it is spring, at last, a time of the land’s Easter,
A resurrection, the egg breaking its shell.
The black Madonna, the mother of watchful God,
Broods no longer; she knows her son has risen.
Ninety years ago, on these verdant hills,
A group of earnest Polish immigrants
Erected a church and parish, honoring
A Polish saint, a man of solemn piety,
Who loved both God and his great creation, man—
St. Stanislaus. The congregation grew
Through generations of war and prosperity,
Births, weddings, holidays, and funerals,
Encompassing in dramatic communion
All the folk of Hastings, of America,
Under the shepherding of learned priests,
From Dworzak to Daszkiewicz
And Pinto to Wenceslaus.
The bells are ringing, the children are singing, life
Is basking in the splendor that is spring,
The promise of return that the millenniums bring. 
-Stephen Stepanchev

Note: Stephen Stepanchev is Professor of English emeritus from Queens College. He is a former poet laureate of the Borough of Queens and a Hastings-on-Hudson resident. Though Serbian Orthodox, he attended St. Stanislaus Kostka in Hastings-on-Hudson regularly enjoying the liturgy and good fellowship of the Poles and honorary Poles of the parish.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Making all Thing$ (Reve)Nue

The Sunday NY Times Real Estate Section ran a piece titled "Luxury Condos in a Former NoLIta Orphanage"  

Salient quote:
" last year the Archdiocese of New York sold it for $30.7 million to Time Equities and Hamlin Ventures. Last month, sales began for the Residences at Prince, a seven-unit condo at 34 Prince Street to be completed next fall. Sales for the two townhouses, also part of the development, have not yet started."

The former Old St. Patrick's Cathedral School at 32 Prince Street resides in the 10012 zip code, #4 on Forbes List of America's Most Expensive Zip Codes.

According to the article selling price for the condos will start at $7.74 million.