At Commonweal, Paul Baumann on the John Connelly's recent Catholic-Jewish Engagement lecture at Fairfield University. Regular readers will recall my review of Connelly's important book From Enemy to Brother which can be found here and here.
Indiana’s newly minted Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has provoked more controversy than its authors bargained for, and more controversy than the new law deserves. But, this is the point to which our political and legal culture has brought us and it is worthwhile trying to sort through the issues – yet again – because they are not going away unless everyone, on both sides of the debate, recognizes the legitimacy of the other side’s concerns and works towards a solution, not a victory.
At RNS, Mark Silk says that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not as big a deal as either its advocates or its opponents make it out to be.
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke again let us into his the world on the other side of his rabbit hole: In a new interview with LifeSiteNews, +Burke showed himself to be almost a caricature of himself, more intransigent, more legalistic, more unhinged – the Italian word “scatenato” captures it best – than ever before.
The Holy Father's sermon this morning continues his theme on the doctors of the law suffocating the joy of faith.
I wish to close out my series on religious liberty & LGBT rights issues today by examining the situation in San Francisco, the recent adoption of an LGBT non-discrimination law that was backed by the Mormon Church in Utah, and ask if we Catholics can’t find a better way to approach these issues. After all, this summer the Supreme Court is likely to make a final decision on same sex marriage and the bishops have to decide how to promote and proclaim the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family in a society that understands marriage very differently.
At Angelus, the archdiocesan newspaper in Los Angeles, the sermon Archbishop Jose Gomez preached last Sunday at a Mass in honor of martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero.
New York legislators get it right: You do not hold up a bill that helps women in a bunch of different ways, just so that the extreme pro-choice crowd can add late term abortion guarantees.
Yesterday, I looked at the issue of Catholic universities, and by extension other Catholic agencies, extending health care and other benefits to employees who enter into same sex unions. Today, I want to look at a different issue, namely, LGBT non-discrimination laws that govern when and if it is permissible for a Catholic or other religious agency to discriminate against a gay or lesbian person in hiring.
A "gut check" for Democrats: Do they care more about a bipartisan bill that will help secure health care for the poor, or do they care more about towing the Emily's List line. Politico has the story. I must say, this is the kind of thing that makes it harder and harder to self-identify as a Democrat.
Distinctly Catholic: A few self-appointed zelanti seem determined to make the Catholic church in the U.S. look like it is run by vindictive jerks.