A judge who ruled in favor of same-sex marriages makes funny argument

Judge Richard Posner arguing vs. ban on same-sex marriage got cute:

“Heterosexuals get drunk and pregnant, producing unwanted children; their reward is to be allowed to marry. Homosexual couples do not produce unwanted children; their reward is to be denied the right to marry. Go figure.”

But issue is whether same-sex adoptive or surrogate parents are good for the child, not whether they want children. As for being advised to go figure, isn’t there a formality norm for court judgements?

From Catholic pulpits tomorrow, Romans 13 on love’s benchmarks

Some tests of love for neighbors:

Reading 2ROM 13:8-10

Brothers and sisters:
Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another;
for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery;
you shall not kill; you shall not steal; you shall not covet, ”
and whatever other commandment there may be,
are summed up in this saying, namely,
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love does no evil to the neighbor;
hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.

It’s not love and do what you want (as long as you love, it’s all right); but if you love people, you won’t do these things — adultery, murder and its affinities, theft, and “coveting,” that is, envying what they have and whom they are joined with.

I’d like to hear this point made tomorrow. I’d like to know it’s heard from a lot of pulpits.

Those Vatican archives haven’t been secret for a long time

Not since 1881, and anyhow secret doesn’t mean secret:

Secretum, the Vatican says, translates more accurately to “personal” than to “secret” and refers to the private letters and historical records of past popes. In fact, the archives haven’t been secret since 1881, when Pope Leo XIII opened them up to scholars.

There’s more more more about them in this intriguing* piece in the new all-Catholic news source Crux.


* That is, quite interesting, not wrapped in or full of intrigue, of course.