Ireland Says No, Yes, And To Hell With The Church

Last week, the Republic of Ireland held a referendum in which voters stood up for tradition and overwhelmingly rejected an unprecedented change to an important and long-standing institution. The minimum age for candidates for the largely ceremonial Irish presidency will remain 35 years, rather than dropping to a mere 21. … Continue reading

Can anyone explain why countries have diplomatic relationships with the Vatican?

So the pope has “failed to confirm” France’s choice of ambassador to the Vatican. Laurent Stefanini,  who is openly gay, was nominated by the French government on January 5th.   The reasonable assumption is that, since three months have passed since the ambassador’s nomination, he has been deemed unacceptable for the … Continue reading

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