As a big, well-heeled Presbyterian church nearby has been cutting ties with its mainline Protestant heritage in rebellion against the denomination's full inclusion of gays and lesbians, I find myself declaring that the congregation is "on the wrong side of history." I speak it with puffed-up authority as a conversation stopper, implying that I discern with an eagle eye who's going with the historical flow and who's not.
Not long ago, I went to a talk at MIT where one of the presenters, a computer science professor, offered an amusing anecdote about his 2-year-old daughter, who had begun talking more and more. He was surprised, he said, when after the conventional "Mommy" and "Daddy" and "Yes" and "No" that were his daughter's very first words, the next articulate thought that came out of her mouth was, "Skip ad!"
NCR Today: Why should the Jews, of all minority groups in our culture, be begrudged the emotional space in the public arena to speak of their legitimate fears?
NCR Today: Los Angeles gets three new auxiliary bishops; Pope Francis reminds the world to care about poverty; a drop in income for the German church.
NCR Today: Abuse survivor advocates face defamation charges; the pope on mining; suggestions for Catholic outreach to the LGBT community.
NCR Today: Eid-al-Fitr: Ignatius and Islam; Women's ordination; Applauding the Iran deal; Wal-Mart's buy American campaign
Moody's Investors Service affirms the Chicago archdiocese's A1 rating on its privately placed Series 2012 and Series 2013 Unsecured Notes.
Already, forces are arrayed against the nuclear agreement reached in Vienna, even though the ink has barely dried on the 100-page document. The lead antagonist is of course Israel, led by its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Along with Israel, the second most significant group in opposition consists of members of the United States Congress.
Review: The film brings old tragedies from a half a world away to our consciousness. Fear is still being maintained by a powerful few over their victims.
Speaking at the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference in San Diego, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said the public reaction to the high courts recent decision to allow gay marriage reminds him of the public furor over the 1989 decision, which he also joined, that protected burning American flags as free speech.