Galveston

The daughter and I went down to Galveston today for the Mardi Gras celebration. We went to the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux parade on the Seawall and then strolled the Strand, collecting 30+ strands of beads between us, plus some cups, candy, and a stuffed animal. The devastation from Hurricane Ike is evident throughout…

The Vatican on Speech and the Press

Prior to Vatican 2, numerous popes condemned freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and religious liberty. Everyone says Vatican 2 changed all that. But consider this case. When a TV program mocked Catholic faith, the Vatican did not write to the producers to express their sorrow or to persuade them they were wrong. Instead,…

A Family Tragedy

[Updated] A teenage son with a history of mental illness, off his medication, got into a heated argument with his parents. It escalated, and they called a crisis intervention hotline. The person at the hotline chose to send the police. When a police officer came to the door, the son opened it. A struggle ensued.…