From the Huffington Post: Catholic Patriarch Blasts Israel for Allowing Gay Parade. Sigh. Just when we thought relations between the Jewish State and the Catholic world were actually doing pretty well after some grumpy millennia.
But wait. The Patriarch is Palestinian, isn't he? So is he more Catholic, or more Palestinian? And he seems to be unhappy that Israel doesn't let "millions of believers" into Jerusalem, while the gays are allowed in. Of course, those "not allowed in" are - if I'm following his insinuation - citizens of countries which are at war with Israel: Syria, say, or Saudi Arabia. Might be interesting to see if Israel might grant entrance to a delegation of Saudi gays who wish to participate in Jerusalem's gay parade. Then again, it's nice that the local Catholic authorities here in town agree with the local Haredi ones; that's promising ecumenism for you. Except that these orthodox rabbis seem to be on the side of the gays. So what does that tell us about their relations to the Vatican? Its all so confusing.