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Earlier this week I spoke with Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski at an Acton Institute-sponsored event at Rome’s Pontifical Antonianum University. The “State Financing of Catholic Schools” conference asked whether, as an extension of the recognized right to education in accord with conscience, governments were obliged to make alternative religious schools accessible to parents who can’t afford ...read more
Imagine you have a special needs child. Maybe they have Downs syndrome, maybe they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, maybe they have Autism. Now imagine that you still want this child to learn about the faith, the faith that led you to keep them when doctors advised not to, or perhaps the faith that led ...read more
Church observers on the state of religious freedom in China were watching carefully last week as The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva conducted two days of hearings on China’s human rights record. Many human rights activists were hoping that Beijing might make some concessions even though its government is not required to follow ...read more
For weeks stores have been plastered with gushy greeting cards, displays of heart-shaped boxes brimming with chocolates, and little fuzzy bears with cheeky comments on t-shirts. Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day, and though refreshing, I’m not exactly sure if a bag of cinnamon hearts entirely embodies what love is. This weekend Salt + Light offers viewers ...read more
The first reading from Leviticus 13:1-2; 44-46 for the sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year B) outlines the harsh laws for people with skin diseases usually labeled correctly or incorrectly as a form of leprosy. Throughout history, few diseases have been as dreaded as the horrible affliction known as leprosy. It was so common and ...read more
During my retreat in January at the Monastery of the Precious Blood, my spiritual guide told me an anecdote. He went with a group to Manitoulin Island where they celebrated the Eucharist. He said he will never forget this line from the homily: “The Eucharist is God’s love made edible!” I reflected on how God ...read more
On this the World Day of the Sick, my attention can’t help but turn to something I read recently about nutrition. With the world’s financial system in tilt almost everyone is feeling a crunch of some sort. Even those not directly affected have tightened their belts just in case. This might mean passing up on ...read more
The Vatican has released Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the 17th World Day of the Sick. This day of recognition takes place each year on February 11, the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes. This year’s message focuses on the plight of children around the world. For many of us blessed enough to think of ...read more
I was appalled to learn, with the whole excitement of the “Super Bowl” commercials, that there is an dating agency called Ashley Madison, that specializes in extra-marital sexual encounters (they call them “married dating and affairs”). After watching some of their ads, with the catchy phrase, “life is short, have an affair,” I think it’s ...read more
If you’ve seen the Salt + Light documentary Mission to the UN, you’ll know that the Holy See and Italy signed the Lateran Accord 80 years ago (on February 11th, to be exact). The treaty settled the longstanding territorial dispute called the “Roman question”, which began in 1870 when Italy overwhelmed the French garrison protecting ...read more