- Oct 23, 2020
Neither Catholic nor Islamic teaching in any way justifies violence against a group of people. However, Orlando is a reminder that believers of all sorts are called to be vigilant in assuring that the edicts of our traditions are never hijacked as apologia for nefarious ends.
“The terrible massacre that has taken place in Orlando, with its dreadfully high number of innocent victims, has caused in Pope Francis, and in all of us, the deepest feelings of horror and condemnation, of pain and turmoil before this new manifestation of homicidal folly and senseless hatred,” a Vatican statement on Sunday said.
The Fortnight for Freedom runs from June 21, vigil of the feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, to July 4, when we celebrate our national Independence Day. It’s a time to lift up the Catholic heritage of contribution to the good of our country, and to pray for those who suffer persecution.
Pope Francis on Saturday met a troubled fellow Argentine and mother of four: Lidia Guerrero, whose son, Victor Hugo Saldaño, has spent 20 years on death row in Texas waiting to be executed, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling finding racial prejudice in his sentence.
A convert from Judaism, agnosticism, and eventually Protestantism, Dawn Eden Goldstein recently earned the highest pontifical degree after studying with Chicago seminarians, and plans to teach at seminaries. She says the presence of women in that environment helps future priests be “less macho and more gracious with one another.”
In California, a bill sponsored by Planned Parenthood that would criminalize distributing secretly recorded conversations involving health care providers is drawing strong resistance from both free speech advocates and Catholic officials, who see it as an effort to muzzle pro-life activism.