Bishops to address Charlie Weis situation at Notre Dame?

With tongue firmly in cheek, we bring you this breaking news. I’m not happy that CNS was scooped on this, but if we can liveblog the meeting we’ll let you know. (And please, send us no criticism — with all the serious issues we cover, it’s nice to take a break for a few laughs.)

San Francisco archbishop posts open letter on same-sex marriage debate

Archbishop Niederauer. (CNS/Greg Tarczynski)

Archbishop Niederauer. (CNS/Greg Tarczynski)

In case you missed it, there’s been a development in the California debate over same-sex marriage: an open letter from the archbishop of San Francisco appealing for both sides to be more tolerant of each other. The money quote:

We need to stop hurling names like ‘bigot’ and ‘pervert’ at each other. And we need to stop it now.

Here’s our story, and here’s a link to the full text of the letter.

The letter also discusses some of the other issues that have been swirling in California since voters approved the same-sex marriage ban last month. From our story:

In the letter, the archbishop also:

— Stated that the Archdiocese of San Francisco “did not donate or transfer any archdiocesan funds” to support Proposition 8.

— Strongly criticized “voices in the wider community” which charged Proposition 8 backers with “hatred, prejudice and bigotry.”

— Defended faith communities’ involvement in the political arena.

— Underscored Proposition 8 backers’ “defense of the traditional understanding and definition of marriage” as their motivation, rather than seeking to attack “any group” or “to deprive others of their civil rights.”

Louisiana student contributes to alma mater and environment

Our pope, cardinals, bishops and pastors have been preaching to us for years that we need to be good stewards of the environment God created.

One Catholic high school student in Louisiana must have paid attention because for his Eagle Scout project he helped rig his former elementary school with solar panels, taking some of the carbon footprints away from powering that facility.

In an article titled “Solar panels energize St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic School” on the Diocese of Lake Charles, La., Web site, readers are treated to an inspirational story about how a student integrated his Catholic faith with science.