“Without Objection …”

Mary Ann Glendon was confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican by the Senate on Wednesday in the most perfunctory of votes. There’s no evidence there was even the customary hearing. Some folks had been spreading all sorts of rumors of controversy, but there was no more debate on her nomination than there…

The Catholic Church and the UN

John Allen gives the Catholic Church credit for a UN General Assembly vote in favor of a global moratorium on the death penalty. This is ironic, in that the Catholic Church for centuries told rulers that the death penalty was obligatory (see the Catechism of the Council of Trent). She condemned as heretics those who…