January 30, 2014 |
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a group of Colorado nuns will not be required to offer contraceptive coverage to employees while pursuing its legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The nuns' action highlights the misunderstandings and theological errors behind the Vatican's condemnation of what it terms "artificial contraception. " And it also overlooks an important medical point: The nuns might have something to gain from taking oral contraceptives. But first, some background on the history of contraception.
January 27, 2014 |
It's bad enough that it's Monday, but after what happened at the Vatican on Sunday, I'm feeling especially blue on this Monday. You've probably seen the pictures and/or the video: Pope Francis punctuated his plea for peace in the restive Ukraine by having two youngsters release a pair of snow-white doves from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square. Unfortunately, what came next was straight out of “Mars Attacks!” PHOTOS: Pope Francis' small steps to lift liberals' hearts First, a crow attacked one of the doves.
January 24, 2014 |
Though the Vatican hasn't made an official announcement, news that Pope Francis may visit Philadelphia in 2015 has generated buzz among the Catholic community and city residents. Vatican officials told the National Catholic Reporter on Friday that Pope Francis intends to attend the World Meeting of Families, a global Catholic event that aims to "support and strengthen families. " The event is held every three years and is scheduled to take place Sept. 22-27, 2015, in Philadelphia.
January 13, 2014 |
LONDON -- Pope Francis decried abortion Monday as a sign of a wasteful modern culture that treats goods and people, including unborn children, as easily discarded commodities. In the annual papal “state of the world” speech delivered to diplomats, Francis said the denial of human dignity was a threat to world peace, and cited the problems of hunger among the have-nots and food waste among the haves. “Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as 'unnecessary.' For example, it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” the pope said, according to excerpts released by the Vatican.
January 12, 2014 |
ROME -- Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals Sunday, including a bishop from Haiti and an archbishop from Burkina Faso, a choice the Vatican said showed Francis' determination to focus on the poor. Overall, the pope's first batch of appointments to the College of Cardinals contained 10 men from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, reflecting his bid to give the Catholic Church a more global outlook. Just four of the choices hail from inside the Curia - the Vatican's governing body - and no churchmen from the U.S. were given the nod for a “red hat.” “This reflects Francis' desire to make the Church more universal and to correct imbalances,” said Gerard O'Connell, a Rome-based contributor to the online publication Vatican Insider.
January 5, 2014 |
JERUSALEM--Pope Francis will visit the Middle East in May, he announced Sunday to believers gathered at St. Peter's Square in Rome. "In the climate of joy typical of this Christmas period, I would like to announce that from May 24 to 26, God willing, I will carry out a pilgrimage to the Holy Land," the pope said . Francis' visit -- his only foreign travel planned for 2014 to date -- is to last three days and include Amman, Jordan;...