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June 24, 2016

The United Kingdom—and at the moment it is still united—has voted to leave the European Union. Are there any specifically Catholic aspects to this decision? On the face of it, yes—at least in general terms.

The European Union had Catholic roots: the vision of Catholic thinkers and politicians including Robert Schuman, Alcide de Gaspetri, and Konrad Adenauer in the years immediately following World War II. The aim was so to lock together the economies of the major Western European...

June 24, 2016
The original rainbow flag included the colors pink, turquoise,, and indigo.

In the wake of the recent Orlando nightclub attack, many people, including Christians, have superimposed a rainbow flag over their social media profile pictures. In fact, this has become a common response to any perceived injustice against those who identify as LGBT. But should Christians promote this symbol, even as a response to tragic, unacceptable violence?

A symbolic victory

Before Christians associate themselves with any particular symbol, even to show...

June 21, 2016
Pope Francis at the opening ceremony of the June 16 diocesan congress. (Reuters)

Pope Francis made some remarks last week regarding invalid marriages, and I’ve received a large number of requests for comment, so here goes . . .

1. When did Pope Francis make his remarks?

During a question-and-answer session on Thursday, June 16 at the opening ceremony for a diocesan congress dealing with his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (the document that he released after the two synods of bishops). So they were unscripted remarks.

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June 20, 2016
Activists in L.A. protest violence against transgender people in 2014.

Unless you’re a weatherman, it’s hazardous to predict the future. Nobody can say for sure who will win the World Series this year. And who can be sure which team will win the Super Bowl in 2017? You have to be at least a bit courageous to engage in predictions, because you may make a fool of yourself.

Well, understanding that I am at risk of revealing myself to be a fool, I am about to make a prediction regarding the next stage of the sexual revolution, the great moral revolution that...

June 17, 2016

Pope Francis said outright yesterday what before could only be intuited from his comments: that most sacramental marriages today are not valid.

According to EWTN News, in an impromptu answer to a layman’s question at the Diocese of Rome’s pastoral congress, the pope said, “[T]he great majority of our sacramental marriages are null. Because they say, ‘Yes, for the rest of my life!’ but they don’t know what they are saying. . . . They say it, they have good will, but they don’t know.”...