U.N. committee on torture grills Vatican on sexual abuse
Description: For the second time this year, a Vatican delegation was in Geneva to discuss the obligations of the Holy See under international law with U.N. experts, and for the second time Catholic doctrine on abortion was at issue, drawing media attention and criticism for the mostly obscure U.N. committees. Some on the U.N. committee against torture suggested the Church’s teaching on the inviolable dignity of human life is a form of torture. We talk to David Rivkin about a piece he wrote in the Wall Street Journal last week entitled “Using a ‘Torture’ Claim Against the Catholic Church.”
Attorney at BakerHostetl and Co-leader of the firm’s national Appellate Practice. He has extensive experience in constitutional, administrative, and international law litigation and has been involved in numerous high-profile cases. Considerable experience in litigation involving national security-related matters. Co-author last week of a Wall St Journal piece entitled “Using a ‘Torture’ Claim Against the Catholic Church.”
Paul VI to be beatified in October 4 along with other priests and religious. Why aren’t more laity canonized?
Description: In an audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis approved the publication of a decree on a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul VI. In addition, Pope Francis approved the publication of decrees on the heroic virtues of two priests and the foundress of a religious order. We ask about the grueling canonization process and why more laity aren’t seen on the path to canonization. Matthew Bunson is our guide.
Senior Correspondent at Our Sunday Visitor. Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. One of the United States’ leading authorities on the papacy and the Church. Author of over 50 books