Thursday, February 9, 2012
The bill which would allow gay marriage in the State of Washington received support from Republicans in both houses. Maureen Walsh (R) from Walla Walla, in the southeastern part of the state, made a particularly passionate plea for bipartisan support that can be viewed here...
The bill is expected to be signed by the governor on Monday. However, it will not become effective unless and until it receives voter support in a planned referendum and initiative intended to prevent the bill from becoming law (presuming they qualify for the upcoming November ballot).
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Today, the 9th Circuit affirmed the District Court's finding that California's Proposition 8, overturning gay marriage in that state, is unconstitutional. We will be seeing more on this case. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204136404577209183209519256.html
Monday, January 30, 2012
The Washington State Legislature is poised to pass a marriage equality bill, which will likely make it the 7th state (9th US jurisdiction if one includes DC and the Suquamish Indian Tribe) to allow same-sex marriage. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politicsnorthwest/2017341256_gay_marriage_bill_voted_out_of.html As in Maryland, the Washington bill is sponsored by a Catholic Governor. http://ncronline.org/news/politics/same-sex-marriage-issue-facing-lawmakers-voters-several-states Washington Governor Christine Gregoire has explicitly addressed her discernment process over the past several years. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/28/chris-gregoire-washington-governor-gay-marriage_n_1239058.html
Thursday, May 26, 2011
The question of accountability has again been raised in this article at Time.com regarding the arrest of a priest in the archdiocese of a prominent cardinal who has advised Pope Benedict on issues related to abuse by clergy. Given the facts presented in the article, the accused priest's arrest is likely an important move. It will be interesting to follow future reports to see whether Church officials or policies played a role.
Monday, March 28, 2011
A number of us have commented on the life and work of Bill Stuntz, and I would like to offer my own reflection. Bill was a professor at Virginia while I was there in law school. As a Catholic student I was involved both in the Catholic student organization and the Law Christian Fellowship. As a faculty advisor, it was important to Bill that LCF be ecumenical and inclusive, which is one of the reasons I felt so welcomed. I found a home there and even served as president of the organization. As a mentor, Bill challenged me to think critically about scripture, the law, and my own tradition. Perhaps more importantly, he encouraged me to be attentive to the Holy Spirit working in my life and to be completely authentic, as he strove to be. I am sad that we have lost Bill, but I am thankful for his work and his example of faithful integrity.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Commmonweal currently has interesting pieces on events in Egypt here and here. A stable Egypt has contributed to peace in the region since the Camp David Accords, but our economic and strategic support of the regime has undoubtedly been in tension with our commitments to democracy and human rights. As someone who studies the region, I believe that this is a complicated situation that belies simplistic solutions. Let us pray for leaders in the U.S. and Egypt and most importantly for peace, justice, security and the defense of human dignity in Egypt.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Clint McCance, a member of the Arkansas School Board, was reported in multiple media sources including the Huffington Post, to have posted the following to Facebook in response to recent calls for solidarity in preventing LGBT teen suicide...
"Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE."
His further comments are so offensive that I don't believe they are appropriate for posting here. If this is what children hear from Christian-identifying education officials, what should our response be?
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I cannot speak with knowledge regarding the details of Marquette's process failure. However, if we assume that the search committee members, the provost, the president, and the trustees all met their duty of due care in the selection process, they were certainly aware of Professor O'Brien's work. Even so, they made her an offer to be the new dean. Presumably, these parties had to have found her acceptable for mission purposes in order to make the offer. Those who have problems with this substantive determination (including some MOJ contributors), noted objections after a only brief review of her CV. So, unless the decision-making parties were grossly negligent by failing to review O'Brien's work, it is most likely that some outside party (perhaps a donor or Church official) expressed disapproval and exerted pressure to rescind the contract.
My understanding is that this has had a chilling effect on Marquette's faculty, some of whom wonder when outside parties will next attempt to control the content of scholarship.
If this decision was based on Professor O'Brien's status as a lesbian, it would be a violation of Marquette's own non discrimination policy. In my opinion, it would also be unjustifiable on the basis of Catholic teaching.