Happy Birthday, Vatican City!

Who knew?On February 11, 1929, the Lateran Treaty was signed.   (Actually, the Treaty was ratified in June of that year—so I guess the date to pop open the chianti would be June 7.)Anyway, in case you’ve forgotten your European history, the Lateran Treaty established a comfortable working relationship between the Church (in this case, more exactly, Vatican City) and the State (in this case, Italy).  The Treaty was signed by Benito Mussolini representing the Italian government, and Cardinal Pi … [Read more...]

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: A Good Time for a Theology Review!

On February 11, Catholics celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.  We remember that on February 11, 1858, Mary appeared to a young peasant girl in a cave at Massabielle, just a mile from the French town of Lourdes.  Young Bernadette Soubirous called her simply “the Lady.”  In all, “the Lady” appeared to Bernadette 18 times that year.  One one occasion, Bernadette asked her who she was; and Mary’s answer was “I am the Immaculate Conception.”  Or, in French, “Que soy era immaculada concepciou.” … [Read more...]