A friend of mine who practices First Amendment law is not happy that the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a British refusal to permit the Mormon Temple in Preston tax-free status as a place of public worship. “It’s another indication of how equality is overriding religious liberty,” he emailed.
There’s been a certain amount of cyber-snarking at the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) since Friday, when Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the organization has been using gun giveaways to evangelize. But let’s contextualize.
The greater Hartford Jewish community, whose epicenter is West Hartford, was rocked this week by news that the Crown Market is closing. For 74 years, the Crown has been not just the place where you could buy kosher but the community’s heart and soul.
After the Boy Scouts of America decided to open their ranks to (openly) gay members last May, the American Conservatives noted blogger Rod Dreher confidently predicted a schism in scouting ranks of biblical — well, of Mainline Protestant — proportions. So why didn’t it happen?
Forget about clerical celibacy, contraception, same-sex marriage, and (of course) women priests. The threshold question on whether Pope Francis intends to make actual alterations in church doctrine will be divorce.
Last month, the Vatican presented a report on its efforts to deal with the abuse of minors in the church to the U.N.’s Committee on the Rights of the Child. There are so many problems with today’s response from the Committee that it must be considered a lost opportunity to encourage the Holy See to do the right thing.
The case of Vice Principal Mark Zmuda show how difficult it will be for the Catholic church to hold its line on same-sex couples.
And so it’s Chicago’s turn to have its documents on sexual abuse put on public display. “We realize the information included in these documents is upsetting,” said the country’s third largest archdiocese in a statement. “It is painful to read. It is not the Church we know or the Church we want to be.” But of course it is the Church we know.