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.
Archbishop Jose Gomez sides with NCR, America, the Register and OSV on the death penalty: It is time to end it.
Must be a slow news week in Chicago. The NBC affiliate had a feature on the fact that Archbishop Cupich is driving his own car!
The concerns about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s prospective candidacy have shifted from the whispering stage to the lunch conversation stage. A month ago, you did not dare voice your concerns at a table with half a dozen other people. Now, even people who really admire or like Mrs. Clinton are getting nervous.
Looking out my window, nothing screams "first day of Spring" like falling snow. Ugh.
In the Des Moines Register, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on the need for Wall Street reform. Ya think he is staking out turf to the left of you know who?
In the days leading up to the Israeli elections, incumbent Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, worried that his Likud party was slipping in the polls, said that on his watch, there would not be a Palestinian state. On election day itself, he warned that the “right wing government” (his words) was in danger of losing power because Israel’s Arab citizens were turning out in large numbers at the polls.