The Spanish Congress of Deputies voted to legalize "same-sex marriage" today, despite opposition from Catholic clergy and conservatives. It becomes the third European nation to do so. It really seems Spain has drifted far from its Catholic roots...
Gay priests in the Church of England will be allowed to “marry” their boyfriends under a proposal drawn up by senior bishops Anglican Church, led by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and thus enjoy the benefits of civil partnerships. However, they must promise not to have sex. And you all think the Catholic Church has problems!
Many of you might have already heard this story, but gay-friendly insurance company Allstate has fired an employee, Matt Barber, for writing an article saying that the gay lifestyle is in conflict with the Christian lifestyle. Now he did this on his own time, and he says his employment with Allstate was mentioned at the end of the article without his knowledge...don't we still allow free speech in this country?
Here's a link to what 21 cardinals--including Cardinal George of Chicago--are saying about the election of Pope Benedict. It's a no-brainer that they're going to lavish "the boss" with praise, but you all might enjoy reading their comments.
This article by Richard McBrien--I know he's a lefty, and I disagree with his conclusions--prompts discussion of a growing issue of concern for American Catholic dioceses, paying for pensions and health care for retired priests. I actually applaud Archbishop O'Malley's comments that priests prepare to live a simplier lifestyle, contrary to Fr. McBrien, and I hope the Holy Father continues to select religious rather than diocesan priests to be bishops. Some orders, like our Norbertine community here in Orange County, California, are better educated, more pious and do a better job in selecting more worthy candidates for the priesthood.