Need to Get Away? Cliffside Retreats to Take Your Breath Away

The Monastery of Roussanou, in Greece

The life of a monk is washed in silence.  Seeking perfect communion with his God, the contemplative seeks out a quiet place where, unencumbered by the distractions of the society at large, he can spend his hours in prayerful devotion.A quiet place like this:Or this:Or this:Monasteries may be nestled in forests and fields, or precariously planted on rocky cliffs, on stony mountaintops, on islands severed from the mainland by choppy seas. For pictures of more of … [Read more...]

I Cry for the Heroes: Remembering the Cristero War

For Greater Glory - poster

The year was 1926, and newly elected President Plutarco Calles of Mexico feared that the Catholic Church was too powerful an influence in Mexican society. In June of that year, President Calles signed the “Law for Reforming the Penal Code,” restricting religious freedom in that nation.Under the new law, foreign-born Catholic priests and bishops were immediately expelled from the country. Priests and nuns could be heavily fined for simply wearing church attire, and could be jailed for cri … [Read more...]

New Development: Can Mary Ann Glendon Reverse Government Policy on Religious Liberty?

Mary Ann Glendon

Did you hear this?  On Wednesday, May 23, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the appointment of Mary Ann Glendon to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. She writes and teaches in the fields of human rights, comparative law, constitutional law, and political theory. A devout C … [Read more...]