Questions of Life and Death in Austin

A tragic story continues to unfold in Austin, Texas, where 17 month old Emilio Gonzales is the center of a dispute over “extraordinary measures.” The “ethics committee” of the Catholic hospital says he should be removed from life support. His mother, Catarina Gonzales, pleads for his life. And she can’t understand why the Bishop of…

Tragedy upon Tragedy

NASA contract worker kills man, self, in hostage taking. Buddhist monks throw ahimsa to the wind in burly brawl. Seminarian assaults professor. 12-year-old jihadist severs man’s head in video (report only, no video). A Native Perspective on Virginia Tech Headlines (on historical tragedies).

Limbo No Longer in Limbo?

Vatican commission done studying, says limbo represents “unduly restrictive view of salvation.” The church continues to teach that, because of original sin, baptism is the ordinary way of salvation for all people and urges parents to baptize infants, the document said. But there is greater theological awareness today that God is merciful and “wants all…

Archbishop DiNardo Asks for VT Prayers

From Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston: While in the midst of the Easter season as we celebrate our joy in the Risen Lord and as schools across the country prepare for the celebrations of graduation, Virginia Tech University was struck by unspeakable tragedy. The loss of so many young, innocent lives is…

“The Next Media Frenzy”

John Allen: Hold your breath for the next media frenzy: The Latin Mass document is coming. New questions raised about implications of old prayers for current Jewish-Catholic relations. Servite Fr. John Pawlikowski, an American, wrote to Kasper on March 29 on behalf of the executive body of the International Council of Christians and Jews. Pawlikowski,…