1) In “Bishop: Italy Should Recognize Gay Couples,” the UPI reports that a Sicilian bishop has called for governmental recognition of civil unions for gay/lesbian couples. He joins Archbishop Vincent Nichols of the United Kingdom and Father Frank Brennan, SJ, a professor of law in Australia, who have recently supported civil unions in their countries, too.
2) On January 13th, we commented on the “Open Letter on Marriage and Religious Liberty” signed by conservative religious leaders. In a column in the National Catholic Reporter entitled “Churches seek–and find–greater exemptions from employment laws,” Jamie Manson does a good analysis of some of the issues involved in this debate.
3) The four Catholic bishops of Washington State have called on Catholics to oppose that state’s marriage equality legislation, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Joel Connelly in “Catholic bishops to flock: Fight same-sex marriage.”
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry