Last Friday’s battle between Church and State, fought over government funding for private schools, lasted a mere six hours. The score: Church 1, State 0. But then, scoreboards do not always tell the whole story.
On the face of things the Clericus Cup does what Euro Cup soccer can’t—bring relief from the nationalist sentiment that drives fans from great highs to plummeting lows. The Clericus players, soccer-loving priests and seminarians from all over the world, converge in Rome for what is intended as spiritually and ethically pure sportsmanship. But do our holy men live up to their holier-than-thou promise?
Some of the latest news to come out of the Vatican is that the Pope has attacked Italy's abortion laws, excoriating doctors who perform the procedure. But far less predictable is the Church embracing little green men from other planets. Carlo Rambaldi, designer of the E.T. character, would approve
Nearly two years after the first Encyclical on Love by Pope Benedict XVI, “Deus Est Caritas” (God is Charity), on November 30th the second one was issued. All the main Vaticanists were expecting an Encyclical having social issues as the main subject. Instead...