• The Vatican must speak on conscientious objection

    The Vatican must speak on conscientious objection

    • Oct 2, 2015

    For as long as anyone can remember, the Vatican has had a special genius for snatching public relations defeat from the jaws of victory. Even by that standard, the fracas surrounding Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis last week, which broke out immediately after his massively successful US trip, sets

  • Vatican distances Pope Francis from Kentucky clerk Kim Davis

    Vatican distances Pope Francis from Kentucky clerk Kim Davis

    • Oct 2, 2015

    ROME — Facing mounting controversy over a brief private meeting between Pope Francis and Kentucky court clerk Kim Davis last week, the Vatican broke its silence Friday with a statement saying the pontiff did not intend the encounter as a form of support for her case “in all its particular

  • Time will tell if Pope Francis’ visit has truly changed America

    • Sep 29, 2015

    ROME — By any reasonable standard, the keenly awaited Sept. 22-27 visit of Pope Francis to the United States, his first outing to the country in his entire life, has to be judged a massive short-term triumph. The pope wowed crowds everywhere he went, whether it was leading the “Mass

  • Pope to US bishops: It’s about love as much as doctrine

    • Sep 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON — In a speech to 300 US bishops in an historic Washington cathedral, Pope Francis encouraged the prelates to soften their approach to the faithful while continuing their mission of spreading the loving message of Jesus Christ. “Harsh and divisive language does not befit the tongue of a pastor;