President Obama is set to release a new rule that bars federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians in their employment practices. The new rule lacks the kind of robust exemptions for religious organizations that many Church leaders, including prominent Obama supporters, sought. The President paired this new rule with a decision to retain a 2002 George W. Bush-era rule that allowed Church-affiliated organizations to discriminate in favor of their co-religionists in hiring.
Billy Kangas, who is in charge of Catholic relations at Bread for the World, is one of a number of young Catholic advocates and writers who are bringing a fresh, powerful voice to issue of moral urgency. His latest article at Millennial is reason to hope that the next generation if in good hands.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory recently gave the invocation at the UNITE Here convention. He chose the occasion to channel Pope Francis. No minimizing the message here. And, he did it with people with ears to hear, the workers who staff the nation's hospitality industry, workers who are too often denied the respect they deserve and whose pay is not commensurate with the work that they do. The alliance of Church and labor is as natural as whipped cream on a sundae and it is good to see an American archbishop cultivating that alliance. Kudos upon kudos to Archbishop Gregory.
It is time for Archbishop John Nienstedt to go.
At last week's National Migration Conference, Maria Mazzenga gave a wonderful presentation on the history of the Church's work on behalf of migrants. Mazzenga, who is a fellow at Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and the Education Archivist at CUA, shows that our Catholic Church is not only a Church of immigrants, but a Church for immigrants, and has been for a long, long time.
Over at National Journal, Tiffany Stanley has a wonderful profile of Richard Land and what his departure from the national stage illustrates about long-term trends within the Religious Right.
This episode of the always strange "Militant TV" is so vile and crazy and conspiratorial, one suspects a mental defect in addition to the obvious moral ones.
In this morning's Washington Post, Harold Meyerson has a really smart piece on what we American should be learning from Germany - and others - about structuring the economy in ways that are not only more just, but more sustainable.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker has done the Church a great service in publishing an article at Patheos in which he advises those conservative Catholics who do not like Pope Francis on how they can best cope with this pontificate.
Nothing wrong with Kansas that a new governor can't fix. At least that is the opinion of more than 100 Republican officeholders who have broken ranks and endorsed the Democratic candidate Paul Davis. Politico has the story. Kudos to these Republicans for stepping up and working to take back their party from the crazies. I note in passing that this week, Governor Sam Brownback had Sen. Rick Santorum in to campaign for him.