Thought I'd share a number of disturbing news stories on the Catholic Church. Politicians who support gay rights have been banned from speaking at churches in the Phoenix Diocese by Bishop Thomas Olmsted. So far under the new policy AZ's governor has been blocked from an event in a church. Scientists are also concerned about a shift in the Catholic Church against evolution and have asked for clarification of the church's stance.
And the Metropolitan Community Church was evicted without notice from an AIDS hospice which is run by the Catholic diocese in New Orleans. The reason was the MCC's support of and performance of gay marriages. Even leasing the building might get the impression that the RCC was not actively opposed to such unions, so they have to leave. Is this new under Ratzinger or was I not as much aware of this hard turn to the right, this unyielding campaign against gay and lesbians and individual conscience in the church?
I suppose being a perpetual student my major interaction with Catholicism has been Newman Centers, most of which are homes of progressive religious thought and practice. I never ran into a right wing form of catholicism until I was almost done with my B.A. So this right turn of the church has caught me a bit by surprise. I was talking recently with some folks from Dignity in St. Louis and they expressed a sort of weariness of being treated as the enemy in the church. Looking for some signs of hope.