- Jul 12, 2020
Pope Francis has taken measures to address a spiraling sex abuse scandal in Chile, but he hasn’t moved on a problem closer to home: Vatican City itself does not have policies to protect children from pedophile priests or require suspected abuse to be reported to police.
God’s law was made not “to make us slaves but to make us free, to make us children” of God, Pope Francis said in his homily during Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae Oct. 24, and the result is that people rigidly bound to the law suffer pain, pride and often live a double life.
At least 53 people died while 50 others were left severely wounded when a powerful blast struck a civil hospital in Quetta, a city in southwestern Pakistan, on Monday morning. A Pakistani priest and peace activist says, “Such a horrific attack has to have been carried out by terrorists who do not want a stable Pakistan.”
At first blush, hate-crime and hate-speech legislation seem like praiseworthy ideas, but there are serious reasons to hold back the natural desire to eliminate hate through law. For instance, how is hatred for a group worse than hatred for an individual? And, who will decide which categories of people are to be included in the catalogs of those not to be hated?
One of the standard talks I’ve given on the Catholic lecture circuit for years now focuses on the cultural gap between the Vatican and Main Street USA. Only semi-jokingly, I sometimes title it “Rome is from Mars, America from Venus,” because it does often seem they’re on two different planets.
As a law professor covering two neuralgic areas — family law and the religion clauses of the Constitution — I have taught more than a few memorable Justice Scalia opinions. Many have already written about how rare it is to read a US Supreme Court opinion that can make you