All people are created in the image and likeness of God and thus possess an innate human dignity that must be acknowledged and respected. In keeping with this conviction, the Church teaches that persons with a homosexual inclination “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2358). We recognize that these persons have been, and often continue to be, objects of scorn, hatred and even violence in some sectors of our society.
Over at TNR, Yossi Klein Halevi looks at Obama's major policy speech. I agree that this could be a breakthrough moment in U.S.-Israeli relations and hope it is so. Halevi is surely one of the smartest commentators on that relationship writing today.
I was less enthused by the President's speech at Yad Vashem. Here are two of his opening graphs:
Yesterday, I linked to Charles Camosy's article in the Washington Post on the Republicans having a Pope Francis problem.
Rick Garnett has responded at Mirror of Justice.
The still new, and still fresh, online journal Millennial has some great posts recently.
I especially commend San Sawyer, S.J. on what - or who - Pope Francis wants to change, Robert Christian on Pope Francis seen from a global perspective, and Kate Gordon on the trial of Rios Montt. Good stuff all.
Yesterday, I gave my touristy impressions of Quebec, enthralled by the beauty and charm of the city I was visiting. Today we turn to the question that sits at the center of all conversations among Catholic intellectuals and pastors in the province: What happened?
Charlie Camosy has an op-ed at the Washington Post's "On Faith" section that expresses a hope I share - that the Democrats will become more pro-life as they confront an increasingly libertarian Republican Party - although I am less confident than Camosy that I will live to see the day.
Our new Holy Father's comments to other religious leaders yesterday did not really break any new ground, but it was the simplicity and clarity with which he re-committed himself to ecumenism and inter-religious dialog that stood out.
Peter Berkowitz looks at the significance of President Obama's trip to Israel at RealClearPolitics.
Yesterday was a great day for Catholics all around the world as our new Holy Father was officially inaugurated as the Bishop of Rome. But, yesterday was also a very sad anniversary for the world, the anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Iraq.
I was appalled to read an essay by Dr. Mary Hunt at the online journal Religion & Politics, not least because I am on the advisory board there. I wish to assure my readers that I was not asked for any advice on publishing this article. Let us take one paragraph that jumps out at me: