Michael J. Matt | Editor
According to some news reports, the bracelet worn by the pope is a "loom band bracelet", given by children during a recent audience at the Vatican. Fine! But, still, is anyone else just a tiny bit unsettled by our Holy Father's wearing of a rainbow bracelet? For that matter, should the pope be wearing ANY sort of bracelet?
Author’s Note: Three years after we’d published the following article the Vatican did the right thing by reversing the phony annulment granted to Joseph Kennedy by the Archdiocese of Boston. This welcome news received little press coverage at the time, but the reality was that it required a Protestant (Mrs. Sheila Kennedy), screaming from the housetops over the injustice and deceit of the annulment industry in the US, to eventually cause the Vatican to intervene. This intervention came a long time ago, however—during the reign of Pope Benedict XVI--and I very much doubt we will see anything like it happen again anytime soon. Operating under the “if you can’t lick ‘em join ‘em” principle, the Vatican is now considering the alternative of simply swimming merrily along with the current by "legalizing" divorce, thus offering even more proof that the springtime of Vatican II is finally here. MJM
Excerpt taken from “American Catholic Politicians: Legates of the New Church” by Michael J. Matt (April 15, 2004 issue of The Remnant)
In her book, Shattered Faith: A Woman’s Struggle to Stop the Catholic Church from Annulling Her Marriage, Sheila Rauch Kennedy, an Episcopalian, delivered an indictment against the post-conciliar Church back in 1998 that should have caused Catholics from here to the Vatican to cringe with embarrassment. Mrs. Kennedy, readers will recall, was refusing to roll over and accept the Archdiocese of Boston’s absurd ruling that her 12-year marriage to Congressman Joseph Kennedy, the son of slain US Attorney General Robert Kennedy, was never sacramentally valid.