Joseph Bottum writes:I suppose it's not too surprising, considering the state of the Church in America today. One only need refer to the USCCB's fascination and qualified endorsement of the film Brokeback Mountain. Awash in moral confusion, should we really be surprised at things such as this?
Vetting advertisements for a magazine is always a little tricky. . .Still, there are limits. Take, for example, the ad on page 36 of the December 5 issue of America magazine. No, not the one urging us to “search: deeper” and “plunge into God” by enrolling at Loyola Marymount University, or the one about the College of New Rochelle needing “Assistant Deans (2).” The one, rather, that shows a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, eight and a half inches high, wrapped in a condom. . .
America is “published by Jesuits of the United States,” as it says on the magazine’s masthead, and the issue appeared just in time for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.