Vatican mandates COVID-19 vaccines or recovery for employees, most visitors

ROME — The Vatican has updated its rules to stem the spread of COVID-19 and will require all its employees to be vaccinated against the virus or prove they have recently recovered from the disease. Also, starting Jan. 10, nonessential work-related travel is temporarily suspended, masking outdoors is required, high-filtering FFP2 masks must be worn … Lire la suite

Iris Murdoch as a Source for Moral Theology

Background: Iris Murdoch Iris Murdoch was an atheist and a Platonist moral philosopher who taught at Oxford from 1948-1963 before retiring to spend the rest of her life writing racy novels. At first glance, she seems an unlikely candidate to offer a fresh vision of moral theology to Catholic thinkers. Indeed, she lived a worldly … Lire la suite

God Is Dead and Jesus Christ Killed Him

After Christ’s apocalyptic entrance into the arena of history, history becomes the dramatic battleground of desire centred around the scandal of the mystery of the Cross. Christ’s appearance upon the world-stage inaugurates a counter-desire which is opposed to the violently tangled-tongues of humanity’s insatiable lust for power and violence. Yes—upon the Cross—God dies. But this … Lire la suite

German bishop criticizes Synodal Path for postponing gender-neutral debate

REGENSBURG, Germany — Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer criticized the Synodal Path for postponing a debate on gender-neutral language. The German Catholic news agency KNA reported that, in an open letter to the Synodal Presidium published Jan. 11, the Regensburg bishop wrote that the debate on such language in the texts of resolutions should be discussed at … Lire la suite

Amid tensions, Bosnian Serbs celebrate outlawed holiday

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Amid Bosnia’s greatest political crisis since the end of its 1992-95 interethnic war, the country’s Serbs celebrated an outlawed holiday Sunday with a provocative parade showcasing armored vehicles, police helicopters and law enforcement officers with rifles, marching in lockstep and singing a nationalist song. Addressing several thousand spectators gathered in Banja … Lire la suite