APPENDIX B: Don’t Forget Andrew Cuomo’s Other Coronavirus Victims

In late April 2020, while field hospitals built with millions of dollars stood empty and the USNS Comfort prepared to leave NYC after having only treated 182 patients, Governor Cuomo announced that further construction on such sites would halt, because they were unnecessar...
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The Loss of New Life

Dear John Isaiah, Your mother and I named you after the saint, John the Baptist, whose birth we celebrated the day we lost you. Your middle name is the prophet whose words gave us so much solace at Mass that day: “The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my...
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What Lies Ahead . . . Interview re Roe.

  Here is my recent interview on David Vaughan’s radio program, Encounter: Worldview Matters, broadcast from St. Louis. David Vaughan is a pastor, lecturer, community leader, editor, and author.  He pastors at the Liberty Christian Church in O’Fallon, Missouri,...
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THE REASON I JUMP

  Directed by Jerry Rothwell Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida Reviewed by Maria McFadden Maffucci ______________________________________ The Reason I Jump is a remarkable film, a powerful documentary directed by Jerry Rothwell, that invites viewers to...
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The Matter of Life

The Matter of Life is what the pro-life movement needs: an intelligent, eminently reasonable and persuasive look at what is really involved in the matter of abortion.  Featuring activists who break the sterotypes and pro-life leaders who exude compassion and common sense,  it...
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A Life of Mercy: Vicki Thorn, RIP

The world has just lost a prolife hero: Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, died suddenly, on April 20, at 72 years old. Although I did not know Mrs. Thorn personally, I had massive admiration for her, ever since I wrote about the ministry she founded, Project Rachel,  for...
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We Must Never Forget Terri Schiavo

Today is the  17th anniversary of the murder of Terri Schiavo. Terri endured a 14-day, agonizing death when the court ordered that her feeding tube be removed, and forbid any hydration. Terri was not terminally ill–or even critically–ill; she was disabled due to a...
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Gloria Purvis: Faithful and Fearless by William Doino

Just out in our new issue, William Doino Jr’s engaging portrait of Gloria Purvis, who, he writes, is: one of the best-known lay Catholic evangelists in America. Although she never set out to become one, her resounding affirmation of Catholic teaching, especially its defense of...
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THE FAMILY ROE: AN AMERICAN STORY

THE FAMILY ROE: AN AMERICAN STORY Joshua Prager (W.W. Norton and Company, 2021, hardcover, 655 pages, $35) Reviewed by Maria McFadden Maffucci _______________________________________________ Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade, died in 2017 at the age of 69. In 2020,...
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Epiphany 2022

I don’t like it when the Church moves feast days. Today, January 6, is the feast of the Epiphany—even though the Church celebrated it last Sunday. January 6 is special in my family of origin because it’s the birthday of my parents’ first born, Robert—who died, 27 years ago, at...
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