Meanwhile (and this relates to the two pieces I've just posted about LGBT folks and Catholic, Inc., and about how Pope Francis is being perceived), isn't it interesting how very little notice the finding of that recent Pew study that most gay Americans see the Catholic church as conspicuously unfriendly to us is getting in the media? It has been more or less ignored by both the secular and the Catholic media. Why is that the case, I wonder?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
It's interesting to see glimmers of a meme now developing in the secular media regarding Pope Francis. A few days ago, at the Talking Points memo site, Sahil Kapur posted an article about why liberals are enchanted with the new pope. Here's how Kapur sums up the case:
Marianne Duddy-Burke on the amazing disconnect between lay Catholics in the U.S., who are clearly well-disposed to LGBT people (according to the findings of one research study after another), and the bishops led by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal "Dirty Freddie" Dolan:
Monday, June 17, 2013
I'm reading Dara Horn's novel The World to Come (NY: W.W. Norton, 2006) right now, and was taken with this passage when I read it last night:
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Before the day passes, I want to wish a happy fathers' day to readers of Bilgrimage who may be fathers celebrating this holiday. This year, the celebration falls just before the anniversary of my own father's birthday on 18 June. That anniversary and my father have been on my mind in the past week and today on fathers' day. I hope that for all of you who are fathers or who have been celebrating the day as family members, this has been a good day.
The photo: my father Benjamin Dennis Lindsey's graduation photo (simultaneously from Hendrix College and Arkansas Law School, I think) in 1951.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Droppings from the Catholic Birdcage: "Equating Marriage Equality with a Loss of Religious Freedom . . . Is Utter Nonsense"
This is one of the good ones, and not the kind that need to go into the compost heap because they're so noisome there's no other place to put them--David Hart responding to an article by Brian Roewe on how various states are propelling the push for marriage equality in the U.S.: