To get more priests, expand search pool
I was born a Catholic, and I will always be a Catholic. My education is entirely Catholic. My teachers were nuns, priests, and brothers — nuns in grammar school, priests in high school and brothers in college.
I have traveled the world and lived in Peru and Brazil.
I have attended mass in Europe, the Far East, Mid-East, Africa, South America and all over the United States.
A consistent Sunday homily theme is that we should pray for more young men to choose the priesthood vocation. Currently, there are not enough priests to practice the church’s teaching.
I propose a fix for the priesthood shortage.
First, allow the priests to marry and let already-married men become priests. These men will better understand what it is like to be the head of the family, what it takes to grow a family. They will be better shepherds of their flocks.
Second, allow women to become priests. I have met many women that are more intelligent, courageous and pious than men.
They would make outstanding priests. I often witness women taking leadership roles in my church.
They perform tasks that no one else wants to do, and they do it with vigor and exceptionally well.
Wake up, Vatican. It is time to stop complaining and time to take action.
Union sports focuses on more than scores
In our society, wins and losses are the norm in evaluating athletic performance.
However, I gained a much deeper appreciation for Union College sports programs recently at an event hosted by men’s hockey coach Rick Bennett, women’s coach Josh Sciba and Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin, who shared their philosophies and approaches.
Unlike many collegiate athletic programs across America, engaged in a single minded, “win at all cost” mentality, incubating athletes for professional levels, Union fosters a different approach. Instead, Union is focused on more holistic coaching of individual young men and women, who must prove and maintain their academics and a host of other character-building requirements in order to represent the college athletically.
At Union, metrics such as graduation rate, academic performance and community service are among the norms. As public ambassadors of the college, all Union athletes are held to strict high standards.
This comprehensive approach strives to make everyone, not only the best athlete, but more importantly the best person they can be.
So, while Union’s teams may not always be ranked number one in the standings, the athletes are finishing on top in character and integrity.
Keep up the great work, Union athletes and coaches.
Cuomo is creating a NY ‘State of Chaos’
Let’s get serious here. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his third term, has brought our state into a true “State of Chaos” — one of which a thriving state could never sustain. Yet here we are.
Despite his State of the State rhetoric of grand accomplishments and initiatives, a $6 billion budget deficit remains. His vision of “E Pluribus Unum” has instead divided us. And ironically, as he claimed “ ... to address the issues causing anxiety and frustration,” he has pushed the very issues (none of which were covered in his speech) that have produced record levels of anxiety.
The dangers of a third term, as history has shown us, have now come to full realization. His previous controversial agendas, including Common Core and legalization of gambling, have affected families in harmful ways that he has yet to acknowledge.
Who could possibly understand his end-game intentions, as he proceeds with the most personal and community-altering issues that impact all?
With his recent push of bail reform, mandated HPV/flu vaccine, undocumented immigrant driver’s licenses, legalization of alcohol in theaters and the legalization of marijuana, one can only assume he is aiming for a total “State of Chaos.”
These issues continue to affect us all in dangerous ways.
This governor, and the state legislators supporting him in this chaos, need a reality check.
Contact the governor’s office and your state legislators to address these life-altering issues that affect each of us. The time to act is now.
To get more priests, expand search pool