THIS JUST IN
Billy Graham's wife Ruth, the long love of his life, died this afternoon. She was 87. A sad day in the Graham family.
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THE MARRIAGE-FAITH CONNECTION
A college professor says there seems to be a link between marital fidelity and religious belief. So, then, was King David the exception that proves the rule?
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SAINTHOOD FOR PIUS XII?
A bit over a month ago, I wrote again here on the blog (in a P.S.) about a subject I've dealt with several times -- the role Pope Pius XII (pictured here) played (or didn't play) in the Holocaust to save Jews.
The issue has surfaced most recently because of the move to have the Vatican declare Pius XII a saint. Some think that should happen yesterday. Others say that decision should wait until the Vatican archives finally releases all documents pertinent to the question, and that hasn't happened yet. I find myself in sympathy with the latter group.
So I was a little surprised to read this account and commentary by a man whose work I greatly respect, John L. Allen Jr. of the National Catholic Reporter. John thinks Pius should be granted sainthood almost immediately as a way of removing a matter of considerable contention in the church and between the church and many Jews and Jewish organizations.
The value of John's piece, I think, lies more in its recounting of the various arguments for and against Pius in this case and less in John's opinion (weak, in my view) that making him a saint will reduce tension.
John may well be right that what remains to be uncovered in the Vatican archives will not shed a great deal more light on this difficult subject, but instead of guessing about that, let's wait to find out. The on-going discussion of the role of the church and its leadership in the Holocaust is one well worth having and not cutting short.
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