And in case you happen to have missed this:
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Contributor to NCR Threads Continues to Link Homosexuality with Pedophilia and Necrophilia, Speaks of Gays as Mentally Disordered
As Catholic pastoral leaders seek with increasing lack of success to convince their flocks and the general public that gay people pose an incomparable threat to social stability, and that gay folks are in league with the devil and their open, loving, committed relationships are evil (I'm piggybacking on my previous posting), here's the kind of discourse about gay people that continues to be protected at Catholic blog sites:
One Hand, Other Hand: Another Firing of Catholic Gay Teacher, Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis Releases Names of Credibly Accused Priests
As anyone reading this blog for some time now may have realized, I tend to read the news with a pair of rabbinic spectacles on: I like to juxtapose news stories that make me think about this hand and that hand. On the one hand, it appears this way. But on the other hand, there's this perspective.
Friday, December 6, 2013
I love Philip Pullman. I found His Dark Materials engrossing, and I enjoyed his quirky fictionalized biography of Jesus as well. Because few books exercised such a formative role in my imaginative life after I began to read than did Grimms's fairy tales, I was delighted to discover that Pullman has done a re-telling of the Grimms's stories.
Posted by William D. Lindsey at 12:36 PM
For those engaged in pope-watching (and who's not, these days?), Paul Vallely's new book Pope Francis: Untying the Knots may be of interest. I haven't read the book, but find Ken Briggs's recent review of it in National Catholic Reporter thought-provoking. According to Briggs, Vallely tells Bergoglio's story as one of conversion: in his life as a priest, Jorge Bergoglio has moved along a trajectory from rigidity to openness. Something along the way triggered this remarkable shift in his spirituality, and the shift is now on evidence in his papal style.
The Vatican announced yesterday that Pope Francis has set up a papal commission to advise him about dealing with the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic church. As Elisabetta Povoledo, Alan Cowell, and Rick Gladstone report for New York Times, this is the first concrete step Pope Francis has taken to address the abuse crisis, and the announcement comes two days after a United Nations panel resoundingly criticized the Catholic church for its mishandling of abuse cases.