The FLDS and the Law

Well, after all the hoopla of a big raid, it seems the case is falling apart. The children and many others are still in custody, but the allegations that started it all are unraveling. First they had a hard time finding the girl who supposedly complained. Then they started looking for someone else who may…

The Pope and Christian Leaders

Pope Benedict XVI spoke to Christian leaders today. Even within the ecumenical movement, Christians may be reluctant to assert the role of doctrine for fear that it would only exacerbate rather than heal the wounds of division. Yet a clear, convincing testimony to the salvation wrought for us in Christ Jesus has to be based…

Pope at the UN

Text of his address (he began in French–the English translation of this part is about halfway down the page). Discernment, then, shows that entrusting exclusively to individual States, with their laws and institutions, the final responsibility to meet the aspirations of persons, communities and entire peoples, can sometimes have consequences that exclude the possibility of…

Listening to Cries of Pain

Lots of emotion in Boston (and in Dallas) in the wake of Benedict’s meeting yesterday with survivors of sexual abuse by priests. The 25-minute gathering, in a small chapel at the Embassy Row mansion that is the home of the pope’s US ambassador, came toward the close of the third straight day that the 81-year-old…

The Pope and the Laity

There are so many things that reporters could be writing about during the papal visit. The AP’s Eric Gorski decides to create a controversy. But Pope Benedict XVI’s Mass in the nation’s capital Thursday was also different from a typical service in another way: Lay people were not asked to distribute Communion, which was administered…

The Pope and the Jews

Pope Benedict had some remarks yesterday for the Jewish community. At this time of your most solemn celebration, I feel particularly close, precisely because of what Nostra Aetate calls Christians to remember always: that the Church “received the revelation of the Old Testament through the people with whom God in His inexpressible mercy concluded the…