Tuesday, December 11, 2012

In Catholic News: A Whole Lot of Stuff for Your Stockings

Also in Catholic news during this week of preparation for Christmas joy:

Yet another attack on Catholic religious women by a Catholic bishop, as the infamous (see here, here, and here) Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, circulates a secret memo to his priests accusing Dominican sisters Maureen McDonnell and Lynn Lisbeth of being "New Ageists" promoting "indifferentism."*

A National Catholic Reporter editorial argues that the questions facing the nation in the "fiscal cliff" discussion are primarily moral rather than economic.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, has announced a second Fortnight for Freedom campaign for this coming summer.

Pope Benedict has made his personal secretary Msgr. Georg Gänswein an archbishop and prefect of the papal household.

Catholic Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia has informed Princeton University students that it's "effective" to compare homosexuality and murder.

Theologian (and deacon) William Ditewig has been disinvited from a speaking engagement to deacons of the archdiocese of Philadelphia because he co-authored a book on the possibility of women deacons and this theological reflection might "confuse" the faithful in the Philadelphia archdiocese.

73% of Americans aged 18-29 now support same-sex marriage, while a pair of polls recently conducted by USA Today and Gallup show an increasing percentage of Americans reporting that their attitudes have moved towards acceptance on this issue.

And no, I'm not making a whit of this news up, though I'd sort of like to have made up Morlino, Cordileone, and Scalia, since a wave of my authorial magic wand could make any fictional characters I've created disappear.

*Thanks to Dennis Coday in his NCR "Morning Briefing" column today for this link.  See also the Hear Our Voices blog for the Morlino story.

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