America's Catholic nuns are getting too out-of-control progressive for Rome, the WaPo reports:
The Vatican has launched a crackdown on the umbrella group that represents most of America’s 55,000 Catholic nuns, saying that the group was not speaking out strongly enough against gay marriage, abortion and women’s ordination.
The Vatican called "inadequate" an explanation from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) that it did “not knowingly invite speakers who take a stand against a teaching of the church when it has been declared as authoritative teaching," and suggested that the nuns are not loud enough on opposition to abortion, homosexuality, and gay marriage:
The Vatican announcement said that “while there has been a great deal of work on the part of LCWR promoting issues of social justice in harmony with the church’s social doctrine, it is silent on the right to life from conception to natural death.”
It added that “crucial” issues like “the church’s biblical view of family life and human sexuality, are not part of the LCWR agenda in a way that promotes church teaching. Moreover, occasional public statements by the LCWR that disagree with or challenge positions taken by the bishops, who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals, are not compatible with its purpose.”
The NYT adds:
Word of the Vatican’s action took the group completely by surprise, Sister Sanders said. She said that the group’s leaders were in Rome on Wednesday for what they thought was a routine annual visit to the Vatican when they were informed of the outcome of the investigation, which began in 2008.
“I’m stunned,” said Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby founded by sisters. Her group was also cited in the Vatican document, along with the Leadership Conference, for focusing its work too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping “silent” on abortion and same-sex marriage.
Catholic Priest Gets Standing Ovation from Congregation for Opting Out of Washington's Anti-Gay Marriage Campaign
Rev. Tim Clark of Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church received a standing ovation from his congregation over the weekend when he announced it would not participate in a campaign to roll back the state's marriage equality law, the SeattlePI reports:
The parish became the sixth in Seattle to opt out of the petition drive for Referendum 74 that has been endorsed and foisted on parishes by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain (pictured).
“I am happy to report that Our Lady of the Lake parishoners have been overwhelmingly and, thus far, unanimously supportive of the decision I made NOT to gather signatures in support of this Referendum,” Clark wrote in response to an e-mail. “The standing ovation experienced during one of the Masses says less about me and much more about the health of this parish. I only wished the archbishop could have experienced the sustained applause — the ‘sensus fidelium’ — of the people. He needs to listen to this ‘voice.’ That is my prayer.”
If supporters collect 120,577 valid voter signatures by June 6, they will be able to block marriage equality from taking effect in Washington and put the measure on the ballot in November
Clark, whose announcement was in response to a letter from Sartain, added: “I deeply believe, and say this with boldness, that this approach is not in the mind of Christ.”
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Iconic TV and radio host Dick Clark has died at 82: "Clark, who suffered a serious stroke in 2004 but returned to the airwaves, reportedly died from a heart attack."
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Kim Kardashian has political aspirations!
Civil case against Andrew Shirvell likely to go to trial: "He's the former assistant attorney general who was fired in 2010 after criticizing Christopher Armstrong, especially on an anti-gay blog, Facebook posts and during visits to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor."
Gerard Butler in talks to star in Manhunt. Unfortunately it's not about the gay hook-up site.
Barney Frank gives a lengthy interview to NY Mag about lawmaking, love: "I want to get married. I do think, to be honest, if I was running for reelection, I might have tried to put the marriage off until after the election, because it just becomes a complication. But I did want to get married while I was still in office. I think it’s important that my colleagues interact with a married gay man."
Britney Spears signs $15 million X-Factor deal.
Josh Hutcherson adopts a pit bull rescue puppy.
The WaPo writes up St. Petersburg's law banning gay "propaganda" and the spreading crackdown in Russia: "'We cannot change the Bible just because it’s fashionable in Europe,' [local legislator Vitaly] Milonov said in his St. Petersburg office, a series of rooms stuffed with gold-leaf Orthodox icons that is housed in a palace built by Czar Nicholas I. 'Now is the time when Russia wants to show everybody else where its moral values are.' The Russian Orthodox Church has expressed support for the new law and called for a similar measure to be adopted on a national level."
Azealia Banks signs with Lady Gaga's manager, Troy Carter.
Ted Nugent to meet with Secret Service on Thursday: “I support them. I salute them. And I look forward to our meeting tomorrow,” he said. “I‘m sure we’ll have a great conversation…bottom line is, I‘ve never threatened anybody’s life in my life. I’ve never threatened. I don’t waste breath threatening.” Whatever you say.
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Photographer Kevin Tachman goes backstage at the men's shows at Paris fashion week.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says no to Gay Pride parade for second year in a row: ”It is on Canada Day, I’m going up to the cottage with my family like I’ve done for as far as I can remember.”
AIDS activists to protest at L.A.'s The Ivy over firing of HIV-positive employee. "The lawsuit charges that the restaurant wrongfully terminated its employee on the basis of his medical condition at the beginning of last year."
Man undresses at Portland International Airport in TSA protest: "Asked to explain his actions, Brennan, who was on his way to San Jose, California, said he 'had disrobed as a form of protest against TSA Screeners who he felt were harassing him.' Police noted that he was not under the influence of an intoxicating agent at the time."
Now a businessman, consultant and philanthropist, former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge tells the WSJ that the Republican party needs to stop discriminating against gays:
“I think, as a party, we sometimes come across as very judgmental and very self-righteous, and that doesn’t play well to a lot of people,” he said. “Not just on political grounds, but in terms of the culture. We accept diversity in many different ways, and we need to be more clear about that and careful to express that.”
In particular, Ridge urged a more expansive approach to what he termed “the gay community,” noting that increased familiarity with gay people tends to lead to less judgmental politics. “I think that’s the right way to be,” he said. “Younger Americans on both sides of the aisle are saying, ‘Live and let live.’ ”
Asked about same-sex marriage, Ridge said he had no particular point of view. “It’s one of those situations where I’d leave it up to the state.”
Back in November I posted about Chris Birch, a Welsh former rugby player who claimed that after hurting his neck during practice and cutting off the blood flow to his brain, he suffered a stroke, and realized, as he recovered, that his sexual orientation had changed.
There are few known cases of a stroke turning a straight person gay, and major personality changes in stroke sufferers are rare. Even Jak Powell, Birch's fiance, believes his partner may always have been gay.
"I've still got the same opinion that it was just something that was always there," says Powell. "People grow up not knowing they are gay and have families and then they realise they are gay, but they don't have a stroke to realise that."
Yet Birch disagrees and is convinced that, neurologically, it was the stroke that altered his sense of self. The moment he realised his feelings towards men had changed was a scary period in his life.
"It was a sort of lonely time. It was a time I was afraid to tell anybody because that wasn't who I used to be, so it shouldn't be who I am now," he says.
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