Pope, President Offer Point/Counterpoint on Marriage

Marriage - hands

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...]

Getting Into a Pope Pool? DON’T DO IT!


Everyone’s talking about Pope Benedict’s resignation, and wondering who will be elected by the Cardinals to serve as the 266th head of the Catholic Church. Some names which have been repeated in the media include Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan; Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; and Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa; and Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and former archbishop of Cape Coast in … [Read more...]

Crowds Gather in Paul VI Hall for First Papal Audience Since the Big Announcement

The great Resurrection sculpture in the Paul VI Hall

 In the winter, or whenever the weather is inclement, the Pope’s regular Wednesday General Audience is moved from St. Peter’s Square to the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall.  That was the case today, when thousands of the faithful crowded to hear the Holy Father speak for the first time since his announcement on Monday that he will retire from the papacy on February 28.The Paul VI hall is dominated by Pericle Fazzini’s sculpture, “The Resurrection.”  Dedicated in 1977, the sculptu … [Read more...]