Brazil’s President to Pope: Please Don’t Pray for Argentina!

Pope Francis holds a jersey presented by his favorite Argentinian soccer team

Just how much clout does the Holy Father have in World Cup Soccer?  I mean, Pope Francis is a soccer fan, to be sure; but can he affect the outcome?Apparently, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff worries that the pope has a lot of influence on the outcome.  According to The Tablet, Columbian Archbishop Óscar Urbina Ortega has said that Ms. Rousseff, during her visit to the Vatican in February, asked Pope Francis for two things:1.  She asked that he record the World Cup message, which was b … [Read more...]

The Bishops’ Love Affair With Raising the Minimum Wage

My fellow Patheos blogger Will Duquette has a great essay on his blog about the USCCB's efforts on behalf of raising the minimum wage.  In A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats--Or Does It?, Will argues against using the Big Hammer to fix social problems--attempting to fix "the system" rather than helping individuals.I couldn't agree more.  In fact, I wrote about the same thing--and reached the same conclusions--last January when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to the chairs and … [Read more...]

Happy Homecoming for Justina Pelletier, After State Drops Its Controversial Charge of Medical Child Abuse

Justina Pelletier

"I'm so happy, I'm so excited, oh, my gosh!" said 16-year-old Justina Pelletier when asked about her reaction to news that she'll be going home to her parents after sixteen months in state custody.The Connecticut teenager was removed from her family home by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families after a disagreement between two highly regarded medical centers regarding the teen's medical diagnosis.Justina had been treated at Tufts Medical Center for mitochondrial disease, … [Read more...]