In a savvy move, President Obama on Friday nominated Ken Hackett, former head of Catholic Relief Services, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, which is headed by a pope who has made serving the poor a priority.
Will Smith’s Scientology-inspired summer action movie “After Earth” looks like a big bust more than a blockbuster. Is this a trend? And is it because Scientology just doesn’t have a classically religious story to tell?
The story that priests were barred from the Boston bombing scene because of an anti-Christian culture is undone by the Boston archdiocese’s own newspaper, which of course must be in league with the lefty secularists. Yeah, that’s it…
Sacre bleu! Are South Carolina voters more like the French? And should their disgraced pols be more the the British version?
Republican congressman Paul Ryan, who has touted his Catholic faith as evidence of his social as well as economic conservatism, has come out in favor of gay couples adopting children — a significant break with the Catholic hierarchy, which has even shut down adoption services rather than placing children with same-sex couples.
Less than two years after he blasted the Vatican over its failures to protect children from abusive priests — or help investigate the crimes — Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny will receive an honorary degree from Boston College. Are bygones bygones?
The Italian bishops conference sent out a press release congratulating Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola on becoming pope — only Scola didn’t win, as expected. Mamma mia!
As everyone waits for white smoke – while under umbrellas in the chill of a wet Roman March – thoughts turn to many, many other things…Such as rumors that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a relentless jokester, would take the name Hilarius II if elected.
Yeah, he could have pumped up our Sweet Sistine bracket, but I think baseball is pretty much a religious experience. And pastoral, which is what we all want in a Pope, no?
Having the Village People anthem “YMCA” re-purposed as a campaign jingle probably wasn’t Cardinal Luis Tagle’s idea — but you have to smile when you watch this video. Lighten up and sing along!