Tag Archives: Archdiocese of New York

Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to become a basilica?

Old St Pat charcoal.jpgAccording a news article in today’s Daily News, Archbishop Dolan is petitioning the Holy See  to name Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral a minor basilica (the Wiki article as some other useful info). There are 2 basilicas in the Brooklyn Diocese but none in the Archdiocese. While it is largely an honorary distinction, it is seen as important and therefore prestigious. The old cathedral is quite a place as it continues to serve the spiritual needs of God’s people. For example, Holy Mass is celebrated in English, Spanish and Chinese each week.

Yesterday, June 7, 2009, Archbishop Dolan inaugurated the 200th anniversary of the cathedral.
There are three distinctions for basilicas: there are four major basilica, directly connected with the Pope, and therefore are called “papal” (St Peter’s, St Paul outside the Walls, St John Lateran and St Mary Major); there are eight pontifical minor basilicas (all in Italy); and the rest of the world’s basilicas are “minor” basilicas but no less distinguished because they too are connected with the Holy Father but they don’t have “papal altars and thrones.” 


In the USA there are 60+ minor basilicas. If the Holy See makes Old Saint Patrick’s a basilica it would take precedence over the other NY churches except for the Cathedral, have the use of the tintinabulum (a bell on a pole which would signal the arrival of the pope) and an umbrella (carried over the


 pope for protection) and carried by the laity behind the processional cross; the rector would be able to wear a grey mozzetta. The list of basilicas can be read here.
A helpful, but dated article but there’s some reliable info for us in the United States.

Fordham favors secular respectability instead of the Gospel

Yet another example of Catholic higher ed making foolish distinctions in order to justify their morally wrong actions and doing an end-run around the face of Christ and His Church. It is not merely as one headline reads: contempt for the bishops BUT contempt for Christ!

Fordham honors pro-choice secular leaders. Read for your self here and here.

Is Fordham really Catholic AND Jesuit? What is Archbishop Dolan going to do about this matter? Will the Jesuits sit back and capitulate to secular mediocrity?

It wasn’t too long ago that Fordham Law honored an abortion-approving Supreme Court Justice.

Remembering where you come from…

Mother & Son.jpgArchbishop Timothy Michael Dolan sharing a tender moment with his Mom.

May God grant the Archbishop’s Dad eternal rest.

Edward Michael Cardinal Egan, JCD: We are grateful

Edward M. Egan.jpgThe Church in New York, and for that matter the Church in Bridgeport and the Church Universal, owes a debt of gratitude to Cardinal Edward Egan for his service as a priest, bishop and cardinal.

When he took over the leadership of New York’s Church it was a time of great turmoil. I think he’s done the best he could given time and talent and grace –and for that I am grateful.

May the Lord abundantly bestow many rich blessings upon Cardinal Egan as he moves into another chapter of his life. May he continue to live in the holiness of Truth.

Prayers for Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan

Archbishop TM Dolan.jpgAs the Church in New York accepts Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan as the their archbishop we gather our prayers together for him as well. The rites of installation have begun and we join in the faith, hope and charity of Christians.

Dolan is the new pastor of 2.5 million people!

May the Blessed Virgin and the Saints petition Almighty God for the graces needed for Archbishop Dolan to govern, sanctify and teach the faithful of the Archdiocese of New York.

To Whom Shall We Go? Remain close to the Lord, He has the words of everlasting life!

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT, follows the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, and is an Oblate of Saint Benedict, works as a monastery farmer and a keeper of honey bees. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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