[In my post dated Nov. 4 (Heartbreak From Maine) I expressed frustration that the gay marriage issue was being decided by popular vote. My thanks to Stanford University Daily Editorial Board for its wonderful piece today which perfectly expresses this view...]
Why does the Church wield so much political influence? Money, I guess. Although with its bald-faced appeal to Anglican Christians to join the Catholic ranks in protest against ordaining gay clergy, it would seem that the coffers of the Vatican may also be feeling the effects of the economic downturn.
A rather unnerving article today in Time...
A friend returned from Rome and sent a marvelous photo of Mark and I, dropped into the middle of the Pope's garden at Castel Gandolfo: