Sister Act * Schlafly spat * Rapture flight: Friday’s Roundup

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Sister Cristina Scuccia performs on "The Voice of Italy."

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Sister Cristina Scuccia performs on "The Voice of Italy."

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(RNS) Let's say you order a cold Schlafly on your way to see Bill Donohue in New York's gay pride parade but your flight crew is raptured, like in Malaysia. Find out what happens in today's Roundup.

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  • Jon Trouten

    In case it wasn’t clear, Bill Donahue’s application to march in this year’s NYC pride parade was approved.

  • It’s also worth nothing that Bill Donahue is already backtracking on his pledge to march in the NYC pride parade. He now refuses to participate in a mandatory training session about marching in the parade. As a result, he has officially declined to march. (

  • John McGrath

    It is fairer to say that Jews demand justice rather than say Jews hold grudges. But of the course the remark was meant to be sassy and it was.

    As i was raised Catholic I learned that forgiveness was left to God and meanwhile we must pursue justice and assure justice before forgiving a wrongdoer. Of course an individual person’s forgiveness could be given or held back as that person saw fit. But society has an obligation to pursue justice first and foremost.

    Justice requires a number of things: … 1. Sincere repentance (often involving a transformation of conscience), and acknowledgement that what was done was wrong. It’s not enough to say I’m sorry for the people I hurt, or worse, that I’m sorry I hurt my family. … 2. A sincere apology is due to those wronged. … 3. Reparation, as far as possible, must be made to the victims. … 4. Assurances must be given that the wrong will not be repeated. … Society also has the obligation the punish the wrong doer although sufficient punishment, as Thomas Aquinas pointed out, is the the denial of the freedom needed to repeat the wrong. Torture, etc.., is wrong.

    In the last few years, I have heard Catholic priests give a sentimental, schmaltzy version of forgiveness, with no concern for justice and preventing wrong. Yikes!

    Sorry, justice comes first.

    But Christian forgiveness does include the obligation to pray that the wrong doer sincerely repent and thereby gain eternal life in God’s love. We cannot wish the wrongdoer to hell.