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  • Like AIDS before it, Zika virus exposes weakness in Catholic moral teaching

    Like AIDS before it, Zika virus exposes weakness in Catholic moral teaching

    The relationship between the Zika virus and a sharp increase in the number of children born with microcephaly in Brazil seems probable but as yet unproven. However, it has resulted in various health warnings to women in Latin America about becoming pregnant. This poses a significant challenge to the Catholic

  • 'He's Jesus Christ'

    IN THE NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan — If you subscribe to the caricature of devout religious believers as mostly sanctimonious hypocrites, the kind who rake in cash and care about human life only when it is unborn, come visit the doctor here. Dr. Tom Catena, 51, a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam,

  • Docs to pope: Lay off the pasta

    ROME — Amid news reports suggesting his doctors have advised the 78-year-old pontiff to eat less pasta and get more exercise in order to resist fatigue, Pope Francis devoted his Holy Thursday meditation to exhaustion among priests, admitting that he, too, feels run-down once in a while. “Do you know

  • Debate over HPV vaccine flares up in Alberta again

    The emotional battle over HPV vaccination in Alberta has flared up again, after Calgary’s Catholic school board directed parents to a letter from Church leaders that warns the shots could encourage pre-marital sex. The bishops’ letter says that abstinence outside of marriage is not only the right choice spiritually but


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