Religious Liberty Victory in Tomah, Wisconsin

The Tomah, WI, school district has been reminded that the First Amendment applies to students. As I blogged March 31, an art student was penalized for referencing John 3:16 in an art project–he was given a zero and two detentions. He was also penalized for using religious expressions in a jewelry making class. Other students…

When Catholic Laity Complain

Rod Dreher tells the story of a Catholic layman in Dallas who complained about a priest to then coadjutor bishop Joseph Galante. The layman, Steve Sandifer (a lawyer), had recently been received into the Catholic church by Fr. Art Mallinson. He learned that Mallinson was involved in a ring of homosexual priests. The story Rod…

Priest Files Restraining Order against Autistic Teen

A priest in Minnesota has filed a restraining order against a 13-year-old boy and his parents, to forbid them from attending mass at their parish. The boy has autism. Though 13, he’s 6 feet tall and weighs 225. The Races and their five children typically sat in either the church’s cry room or in the…

Prince Caspian–My Take

Andrew Adamson doesn’t get it. His Aslan is too small, too tame, too little seen. He’s the star attraction, and his scenes have been chopped, his dialogue butchered, his relevance minimized. The entire narrative of his gradual revelation to the children on their journey to Aslan’s How is eliminated. His Caspian is too old. Ben…

Church and State in Virginia

A court case in Virginia concerns who gets the property when a congregation leaves a denomination. A post-Civil War law in that state allows the congregation to keep it, regardless of the denominational polity. Several denominations have filed amicus briefs, arguing that this injects the secular courts into theological matters outside their competence. The court…

Will Bush Attack Iran?

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels at Commonweal links to articles on Bush’s saber-rattling in Iran. Who within the administration is pushing for war? She names Elliot Abrams. Remember him? He helped give us Reagan’s illegal wars in Central America. He defended death squads and dismissed atrocities. When Congress would no longer fund these misguided adventures, he conspired…

Sacred Space

From the DMN religion blog: “The test of our time, I believe, is whether we can share a sacred space. That’s really what’s up for grabs in Jerusalem. The way to make a place sacred is by the way you act and what you do, and the creating of a just society. A place becomes…