The Vatican and Israel

New controversy between the Vatican and Israel. Sources: John Allen. Jerusalem Post. Catholic World News. The papal nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Franco, refuses to go to Holocaust remembrance at Yad Vashem because of the caption on a picture in a display erected two years ago. It’s a description of the wartime actions of Pope Pius XII,…

Skylstad: “Laity to blame for sins of clergy”!

I thought I had heard it all. I am dumbfounded at a statement by Bishop Skylstad, responding to complaints raised by some lay Catholics calling for his resignation in the wake of his diocesan bankruptcy. These lay Catholic businessmen demanded that the laity have a say in this matter. They gave the money, after all.…

Marriage is not a joke

But the Texas legislature was laughing a lot yesterday. The issue was a proposal to try to stem the tide of easy divorce by 1) encouraging some basic marriage preparation and 2) encouraging reconciliation of partners. How can the state encourage marriage preparation? By making marriage licenses free for those who prepare, and costly for…