George v. Pfleger

What I missed yesterday was the afternoon’s reprimand of Fr. Pfleger by his boss Francis George, the cardinal archbishop of Chicago. Let’s assume, then, that Bill Donohue knew that Pfleger had incurred episcopal displeasure. Is it any more the Catholic League’s business to serve as the hierarchy’s enforcer of ecclesiastical discipline? More interesting, though, is this first paragraph of George’s statement:The Catholic Church does not endorse political candidates.

No Comment?

Not that it’s likely to make a difference, but has anyone asked the Clinton campaign for a reaction to New York Gov. David Paterson’s order that state agencies recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state? Earlier in the campaign, this would have been a subject of considerable media interest, especially after Hillary’s flip-flop on supporting then-Gov. Spitzer’s proposal to allow illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. Paterson did not endear himself to the Clintonistas by describing Hillary as showing “desperation” in her campaign, and this latest act can hardly have been considered good news. As for Barack Obama, he will sooner or later be called upon to pronounce on the subject. Sure, he (like Clinton) have assumed the approved Democratic position of favoring civil unions but not anything more.

Groups pool resources to help rebuild Gulf Coast

NEW ORLEANS-A diverse group of faith-based organizations has raised $4.5 million for two disaster relief funds that will aid affordable-housing projects, help rebuild small businesses and develop community centers on the Gulf Coast.

Obama `deeply disappointed’ in priest’s remarks at his church

Sen. Barack Obama said he was “deeply disappointed” by remarks made by a Catholic priest speaking at his Chicago church on Sunday (May 25), who said Sen. Hillary Clinton felt she was “entitled” to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency.

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Obama `deeply disappointed’ in priest’s remarks at his church (RNS) Sen. Barack Obama said he was “deeply disappointed” by remarks made by a Catholic priest speaking at his Chicago church on Sunday (May 25), who said Sen. Hillary Clinton felt she was “entitled” to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency. “I really believe that she just always thought this is mine,” said the Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of the predominantly black St. Sabina Catholic Church in Chicago, who later apologized for his words. “I’m Bill’s wife.

Some spiritual alternatives to trashy beach reading

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It’s that time of year again when we hit the road and head to the beach, mountains, valleys or maybe just a comfortable chair in climate-controlled environs. As sure as we are to slide sunglasses and stuff T-shirts into duffels, many of us are liable to pack those books we’ve meant to at least scan, along with a few we hope to really read. There are the tomes intended to stretch our spirits, challenge our minds and comfort our souls. Some, we hope, will remove us from our realities for a little while.

Wow. That’s all I’m gonna say.

This seems fairly self explanatory. No commentary needed on my part. (I guess I should say that this is Msgr. Jim Lisante of Long Island, “praying” at the New York State Republican Party dinner on Thursday night.) h/t: Politico’s Ben Smith.

Calendar of June/July religious events

c. 2008 Religion News Service Note: Holidays that begin at sundown continue through sundown of the next day, unless otherwise noted. (UNDATED) Here is the RNS calendar of major religious holidays, denominational meetings and other events for June and July. It will be updated monthly. June 3-10 Reformed Church in America: General Synod, Holland, Mich.

Tony Blair’s leap of faith

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair formally unveiled The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which, among other things, is dedicated to proving that collaboration among those of different religious faiths can help address some of the world’s most pressing social problems.

McCain with a garnish of Parsley

The Washington Post ran a story Thursday speculating what impact-if any-John McCain’s diss of John Hagee and Rod Parsley will have on evangelical voters in November. Personally, I’m a little skeptical it will have much impact at all, since many of those would-be McCain voters would never vote for Obama (or Clinton) anyway, and six months in politics is an eternity. At any rate, the Post story mentioned that Parsley was named by RNS as one of our 10 GOP “Kingmakers” among religious conservatives. In case you’re wondering who else made the list, here it is.

Donohue v. Pfleger

Bill Donohue, sachem of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, does not lack for partisan chutzpah. In his ongoing war on Barack Obama, he today took after the Illinois senator for his relationship with Fr. Michael Pfleger, last Sunday’s Trinity U.C.C. sermonizer. Here’s a piece of what Donohue had to say:Father Pfleger’s tirade would be inexcusable anywhere, but it is even more offensive when it happens in a church. It does not matter that it was not his own, nor does it matter that it happened in a church that has a record of allowing demagogues to exploit it.