Obama Administration Forgets Day of Families, Military; Celebrates Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

US Flag Over Embassy in Madrid

On May 15, the United Nations celebrated the 20th annual International Day of Families.  Around the world, the U.N. helped nations to refocus on the role of families in development; take stock of recent trends in family policy development; share good practices in family policy making; and review challenges faced by families worldwide.But in the United States, no presidential proclamation.  No encouraging message in the Congressional Record.  No statement on the White House web … [Read more...]

From Jerusalem: Ecumenical Surprises During Pope Francis’ Holy Land Trip

Church of the Holy Sepulcher, located in Jerusalem's Old City

It's a busy week for news from the Holy Land.  The Vatican is gearing up for Pope Francis's historic trip to the Holy Land on May 24-26.This will be a uniquely ecumenical trip:  Pope Francis will take with him his two good friends from his years as archbishop in Argentina, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, co-author of his book On Heaven and Earth, and Islamic studies professor Omar Abboud.And a highlight of his trip will be a planned meeting with Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Ch … [Read more...]

The Holy See Did Not Commit Torture

St Peters Basilica - interior

....But you already knew that.Some people did not know that, though; and so the Critics of Anything Roman, always hoping to give the Church a black eye, tried to suggest that the sexual abuse of minors, which is an abomination and a clear violation of Catholic Church teaching, was a form of state-sponsored torture.Further, they alleged, the Church's stance in opposition to birth control and abortion is also torture.No surprises here:  Among the influential nongovernmental … [Read more...]