John Allen was in LA the last few days and reports on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Allen’s reporting is always objective and astute.
… there’s no doubt the center of gravity tilts slightly to the left, reflecting the spirit of the Los Angeles archdiocese under Cardinal Roger Mahony. One of the keynoters this year, for example, was Jim Wallis of Sojourners magazine.
Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard lamented that a movie reviewer at USCCB “almost got fired” for writing a positive review of “Brokeback Mountain,” “and, under pressure, had to ‘upgrade’ the rating given to the film for morally objectionable content.” Leonard thinks the Church should change its teaching on homosexual activity. “We lump it all together, but I’m not sure God does.”
Donald Cozzens argued, again, that he thinks celibacy should be optional.