Last week, I twice considered the issue of the Church’s stance on issues relating to same-sex marriage, first about the forthcoming non-discrimination rule coming from the White House and, second, about Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s appearance at a rally organized by the thoroughly partisan, thoroughly pernicious National Organization for Marriage.
Over at "On Faith," Robert Christian joins the conversation about Catholics and libertarianism and their intrinsic incompatibility.
Over at RNS, Mark Silk looks at the Professor Dajani case, the outcry over the opera "The Death of Klinghoffer" and what it all means for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone spoke at a rally organized by the National Organzation for Marriage yesterday. His appearance there provoked controversy even before the event happened, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging the archbishop, who is also he local ordinary in Sam Francisco, not to attend the event.
According to a Mexican newspaper, if Pope Francis comes to the US next year for the World Family Day, he is considering a trip to the US-Mexican border as well. I wonder if George Weigel and Nicholas Hahn will accuse him of an act of political theater!
From the Guardian, the story of Mohammed Dajani, a Palestinian professor who tried to encourage better understanding among Palestinians and Israelis by leading a group of his students on a trip to Auschwitz. He resigned last week under pressure and after receiving death threats. The death threats did not come from Israelis.
Yesterday, I looked at the issue of polarization in our nation’s politics. Today, I should like to consider the equally challenging issue of polarization within the Church.
Let’s start with the most frightening finding from the Pew study released last week. The authors of the report state:
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, writing at the American Prospect, has a great article up about the Becket Fund. Fair and balanced.
The Presbyterian General Assembly is meeting in Detroit and one of their agenda items is to discuss divesting from Israel. Ugh. What they should do is NOT listen to Archbishop Desmond Tutu whose comments are incendiary.
Peter Berkowitz, writing at RealClearPolitics, argues that Israel should continue to help the Palestinian Authority create the infrastructure needed to sustain its population, and continue to shrink the number of checkpoints in the West Bank. Sounds like a plan. Along the way, Berkowitz corrects some misapprehensions about what is actually going on in the West Bank.