After presiding over the New York Archdiocese’s bicentennial last year, Cardinal Edward Egan now becomes the first New York archbishop to retire. The prelates who preceded him all died on the job, which was the norm before the church implemented mandatory retirements. So the new archbishop, Timothy Dolan, faces an unprecedented dilemma: He will take Read More
Barack Obama and John McCain both spoke at the Al Smith dinner at the Waldorf Astoria last night, an event so glamorous that even New York’s shoes-optional senator, Chuck Schumer, was dressed to the nines.
While war protesters held mock funerals for American democracy and McCain supporters waved signs like “I Heart Trig,” Schumer walked Read More
Back in June 2007, Rudy Giuliani addressed the question of whether he, as a pro-choice Catholic politician, was fit to receive communion by saying, “Issues like that for me are between me and my confessor. I’m a Catholic and that’s the way I resolve those issues, personally and privately.”
Today, Cardinal Edward Read More
Edward Cardinal Egan snapped at reporters covering a protest outside the Capuchin monastery on West 31st Street yesterday afternoon, telling them they shouldn't be covering protesters who buttonholed him after a mass he said there.
30 or 40 protesters, angered at the closing of Our Lady Queen of Angels church on East 113th Street, Read More
By this Monday, on the occasion of his 75th birthday, Cardinal Edward Michael Egan, Archbishop of New York and the 12th man to occupy the cathedra of St. Patrick’s in the 200-year history of the diocese, will send the Pope an official request to be relieved of his duties.
The resignation is, as Cardinal Egan Read More
Yesterday’s unusual reply by Cardinal Edward Egan to a critical and anonymous letter about him circulating in New York’s archdiocese would have once sent major ripples across the city’s political landscape. That it hasn’t is a measure of the diminished influence of the Catholic hierarchy in public life here, a fact that critics Read More
As tourists packed the pews, Cardinal Edward Michael Egan stood under the vaulted ceiling of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday morning, celebrating Mass in his thick Illinois accent.
The cardinal’s Sunday mass used to be a press event when Cardinal John O’Connor was Archbishop of New York. New Yorkers never knew what the press-friendly O’Connor Read More
Poped out as we are, we have some sympathy for Mike cancelling his skit at the Inner Circle in deference to the pontiff’s death. Somebody was bound to attack him over it.
Ed Sklyer tells us it was the Mayor’s call, and denied the convenient rumors circulating Saturday night that Cardinal Read More
Here’s a bit of news that every New Yorker ought to welcome: The Catholic school system in the five boroughs is not, in fact, dying. While it is about to undergo a wrenching realignment, the archdioceses of New York and Brooklyn will continue to educate tens of thousands of city children-many of them poor and Read More
The conventions of conventions being what they are, there has been a prayer to open the proceedings in Madison Square Garden every night, and there has been a prayer at the close of business every night. The Roman Catholic Cardinal-Archbishop of New York, Edward Egan, will offer some final heavenly thoughts on Thursday night with Read More