Catholic Cardinal Compares Gay Activists to KKK

Chicago Cardinal Francis George seems to have a hard time saying "Thanks." (Chuck Berman, Chicago Tribune / November 27, 2011)

In another example of someone from the Catholic Church hierarchy using rhetoric that’s about as far from Jesus as one can imagine, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George has compared organizers of that city’s gay pride parade to members of the white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan:

You know, you don’t want the gay liberation movement to morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism. So I think if that’s what’s happening, and I don’t know that it is, but I would respect the local pastor’s, you know, position on that.”

The offense of the parade organizers? In an effort to accomodate the larger crowds that the parade has been attracting the route was changes and the time moved up.  But when a Catholic Church objected that their morning services would be difficult for parishioners to attend, the parade organizer moved the start time back to noon.

Instead of saying “thank you” for the compromise, the Cardinal “clarified” his remarks:

“Organizers (of the pride parade) invited an obvious comparison to other groups who have historically attempted to stifle the religious freedom of the Catholic Church,” the cardinal said in a statement issued Tuesday. “One such organization is the Ku Klux Klan which, well into the 1940s, paraded through American cities not only to interfere with Catholic worship but also to demonstrate that Catholics stand outside of the American consensus. It is not a precedent anyone should want to emulate.”

Um, Mr. Cardinal, I don’t think that the parade re-route was anti-Catholic bias by gays.

Gee, I can’t imagine why some people see Christians as homophobic nut jobs.

Lectio Divina Might Save Your (Prayer) Life

I discovered lectio divina many years ago, during a very spiritually dry time in my life.  In the time since, I have practiced lectio innumerable times, and it’s become a core aspect of my spirituality.  Maybe even more importantly, it’s given me a renewed sense of love and appreciation for the Bible (and that’s saying something).

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A Poem for the Pastor’s Wife

Thank me now and curse me later.  I’ve run across the perfect poem for the pastor’s wife in your life.  I’ve put in bold my favorite lines.

The Pastor’s Wife

by Judy Bowling

She’s a Godly woman, she has such grace

Always a warm greeting, a smile on her face

She’s always encouraging, she knows her place

She is – The Pastor’s Wife

She has to always look just right

Always on time, though the schedule’s tight

From early morning, till late at night

Always – The Pastor’s Wife

She’s such a Lady, everyone’s friend

She serves with love from deep within

All of the rifts she tries to mend

Oh she’s – The Pastor’s Wife

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My “Minor Classic” on Spiritual Disciplines (for 99¢!)

Of the books I’ve written, two seem to have the most staying power.  One is Postmodern Youth Ministry, my first book, which has managed to stay on many syllabi for the last decade.

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See below for the Table of Contents and an excerpt, if you want to get a feel for it.

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