On August 6, Gay Marriage Goes Back to Court in Michigan

Same sex couples wait to apply for Michigan marriage licenses in March 2014

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has set August 6 as the date to hear oral arguments in the case brought by Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, a lesbian couple who wanted to be permitted to marry in their home state of Michigan.In March, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the voter-approved Michigan Marriage Act which prohibited marriage between members of the same sex, calling it unconstitutional.  His decision was put on hold by the appeals court, however--but not before … [Read more...]

“We Are Church” Movement Leader Is “Shocked” by Her Excommunication

From the We Are Church USA website, a photo of the LCWR Chicago vigil

Martha Holzer, a senior leader in the dissident Catholic group We Are Church, is "shocked" that Pope Francis has taken the extraordinary step of excommunicating her and her husband Gert.Pope Francis took this action after the pair "simulated the Mass"--that is, they regularly took part in “private Eucharistic celebrations” at her home with no priest present.  The Church considers the simulation of the Mass a delictum gravius, or “grave delict”. *     *     *     *     *We Are Churc … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict, the Pianist

Cardinal Ratzinger

One of the pleasures in which Pope Emeritus Benedict is said to indulge in his retirement is playing the piano.A skilled pianist, he was unable to spend much time at the keyboard during the years of his papacy.  Now, perhaps, he returns to that great love.A Redditor pointed out this video this morning.  (Click the link--for some reason, the video could not be embedded.)Besides being able to speak ten languages and fly a helicopter, the pope emeritus is at home in the music room. … [Read more...]