The Mormons strike precisely the right balance on LGBT rights: guarantee the rights of all, the rights of gay people to avoid discrimination and the rights of religious people to practice their own religion and live according to their own values. There will always be a grey area in which the rights collide and the courts will be called in to evaluate which burden is the heavier and more worthy of relief. But, at least the Mormons are trying to change the discussion down a less contentious and ugly path. If only the USCCB could have done something similar.
Mark Silk, at RNS, on Sen. Inhofe, climate change and biblical fundamentalism.
Today is the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. The Church is indebted to the Angelic Doctor for many things, but here is my favorite, his beautiful eucharistic hymn, Pange Lingua: