In a poignant and obviously heart-felt op-ed in the Strib, the retired Bishop Herbert Chilstrom of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America makes a plea to the Catholic bishops in Minnesota to reverse their position on gay marriage and the upcoming marriage discrimination amendment.
Doing so would mean bucking the Vatican and, inter alia, its principal hitman, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland. And that ain't gonna happen. Not in our lifetimes, anyway.
Bishop Chilstrom makes the observation that people used to use the Bible to justify discrimination against black people. Not to mention just about every other form of prejudice and discrimination known to humankind.
Get to know some gays and lesbians, says Bishop Chilstrom. If only it was that easy. But the Galileo moment will arrive for the Catholic church, certainly in the next generation -- assuming that the Catholic church desires to continue to exist. To know that, all you have to do it talk to young people.
Yes, kids today, as Kathrine Kersten might say.