Disobedience: Not one, but 50 clergy — most of them ordained in the United Methodist Church — preside over the marriage of two men, which is disallowed under church law.
A wedding under the palm trees will soon be possible for gay Americans, as Hawaii’s Senate is expected to pass a gay marriage bill today, the last legislative step before the governor signs a bill.
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Vatican ambassador to U.S. bishops: Francis’ priorities should be your priorities. David Gibson reports that the message, ease up on the ideology guys, will play well with at least some. Cardinal Dolan, who heads up the U.S. bishops conference, seemed to strike a similar tone, imploring his club to focus attention on violations of liberty abroad.
Dolan instead asked the bishops to “broaden our horizon” and recognize that their own domestic concerns “pale in comparison” to the suffering of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere “who are experiencing lethal persecution on a scale that defies belief.”
At the same time, a Reuter’s report has Dolan striking a defensive note on the bishops’ treatment of the poor.
— David Gibson (@GibsonWrites) November 12, 2013
Another reason to listen to Francis: Church attendance in Italy has risen molto, Eric Lyman reports. (Not to mention that “Francesco” is suddenly the #1 name for newborn Italian boys.)
The Vatican will display the bones of St. Peter for the very first time, to mark the end of the Year of Faith.
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