Chief Justice Roberts: You're not seeking to join the institution, you're seeking to change what the institution is.... SCOTUS divided on gay marriage.
The Wild Ideas of Social Conservatives by Ross Douthat NYT - "What a society believes and teaches about the link between sex, marriage and procreation has major implications for how, when and whether people couple, marry and raise children, which in turn has implications for every other societal arrangement as well."
Justice Kennedy's Choice on Gay Marriage - The traditional definition of marriage “has been with us for millennia. It’s very difficult for the court to say, ‘Oh, we know better.’”
On Religious Liberty in a Protestant-influenced democracy - "The United States of course has no officially established religion, but until fairly recently a broad Protestant consensus provided the moral and cultural framework that any society requires. Catholics and other non-Protestants pretty much had to fit into that framework as best they could."
Catholic help clean up after the Baltimore riots - "Archbishop William E. Lori said the church’s place is to pray, be a voice for peace, and participate in a wider community dialogue to solve the systemic issues that led to the unrest."
Catholic moral influence collapses in Italy as parliament approves "Quick Divorce" - "Now, the united Catholic front painstakingly formed under the Wojtyla and Ratzinger pontificates has just collapsed like a house of cards..."