Al Kresta

First they came for the kosher butchers

On July 28, TIME recalled: “Denmark enacted a sweeping ban on the religious slaughter of animals in 2014, prompting a furious backlash from Jewish and Muslim community representatives.” The controversy is continuing throughout a half-dozen European nations that have already prohibited kosher and halal slaughtering of animals. In spite of the fact kosher and halal…

Should a faithful Catholic love nature?

A longtime listener phoned the other day with a concern that the Holy Father’s encyclical on ecology was being sold as a way to encourage us to love nature. She feared that this might lead to some kind of nature worship or pantheism. At first glance, her concern seemed wildly misplaced. What can be wrong…

Marriage should amplify Christ as the divine spouse

Patrick Anthony Bergquist, 35, director of children, youth and family ministries at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan, and Dr. J. Patrick Hornbeck II, 33, chairman of the theology department and associate professor of medieval and reformation history at Catholic, Fordham University in the Bronx, got married last week. I don’t doubt the two men…