This Is Romance? St. Valentine’s Story

He was a priest in Rome.No, he was a bishop in Interamna (now the region of Terni, Italy).No, he was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa.  *     *     *     * There’s a lot of confusion, actually, about St. Valentine, whose feast we celebrate today.The most popular legend places Valentine near Rome in the third century, during the reign of the Emperor Claudius III (nicknamed Claudius the Cruel).  According to the story, Claudius sought to expand the Roman Empire, and so needed … [Read more...]

Pope, President Offer Point/Counterpoint on Marriage

In his inaugural address on Monday, January 21, Barack Obama called for Americans to embrace same-sex marriage, saying: Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law–for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. This stands in sharp contrast to the sage counsel of Pope Benedict XVI.  The pontiff, in his address to the Charity Council on Saturday, January 19, explained: "The Ch … [Read more...]


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