The president of the Catholic League is dismayed that a leading assailant of the church’s handling of sexual abuse would like the bishops to muzzle him. So far as I’m concerned, it’s not a question of muzzling.
Over at Religion Dispatches, Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy — a Christian woman married to a Jewish man — urges her co-religionists to forego the increasingly popular American Christian practice of hosting their own Passover seders. I say why not?
Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) held its annual Assembly in Hartford on Saturday, and I can report that the mood of the liberal Catholic organization was pretty chipper. It was, pretty clearly, yet another manifestation of the Francis Effect.
The Vatican’s position at the moment is that its far-flung dioceses should obey the laws of whatever jurisdiction they happen to be in, and it’s hard to argue with that. But the problem with the “spare the victims’ feelings” line is that it can all too easily be used as an excuse to protect the perpetrators.
The hit of this year’s Hartford Jewish Film Festival was “The Jewish Cardinal,” a French TV biopic about Aaron Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Jewish convert who served as archbishop of Paris from 1981 until 2005. It was the opening night presentation last Thursday, and played to sold-out crowds in two theaters Saturday evening.
I understand World Vision’s original decision to hire Christians in same-sex marriages had nothing to do with the threat of lawsuits. But that doesn’t mean the decision’s reversal in the face of widespread evangelical outrage won’t invite them.
It’s not surprising that long-time victims’ advocates have been less than blown away by the naming of eight members to the new papal commission on sexual abuse in the church. But there’s reason for a little optimism.
How good is it that the world is head-over-heels in love with Pope Francis? In the opinion of Commonweal editor Paul Baumann, writing in Slate, not so good, at least as far as the church itself is concerned. I beg to differ.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the death of West Hartford’s Crown Market, the beloved kosher grocery store that has been serving the greater Hartford Jewish community for three-quarters of a century. God forbid that I should leave the impression that this was the end of the story. For within days, Henry Zachs, the community’s […]