Many of you will recall the horrendous way in which the Catholic Church hierarchy responded to the AIDS crisis. Many blamed homosexual sex and refused to endorse condoms for heterosexuals. It was extremely hard for me to hang in there in this period, and I had to take months away from Mass after various appalling statements. It was a time when I first experienced the love of God and the intimacy of Jesus in contrast to the church that claimed to represent Him on earth. But it was not the only story. On the ground, many lay Catholics, priests, and nuns defied the hierarchy and came to the aid of the young and sick and dying. Michael O’Loughlin, another gay Catholic, has written a book, “Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear,” about this other story. We talked faith, sex, disease, and redemption.
Have you considered inviting David Shor on for a discussion? Cummings certainly thinks Shor’s analysis and data-driven political insights are worth paying attention to.
Re: Brexit, you will never stop Remainers from remoaning ad infinitum. They refused to accept the result, 51.89% to 48.11% (notice how your correspondent tries to fiddle the numbers to make his side look more favourable). They fought against it in parliament, trying every trick in the book to thwart it and long-held constitutional norms. They tried to tie Johnson's hands in negotiations, cynically trying to engineer failure and side with the EU. In response, the UK electorate kicked them up the backside, Twitterati be damned. Today, they continue, blaming everything that could go wrong in the country on Brexit. Look, Johnson is a clown, and the country will have to reckon with his decisions, but on the EU, the choice to leave and reassert national sovereignty, joining the ranks of countless other nations who don't live inside these posturing elitist federations, was a good one.
"complicated flouting of Covid rules"? What was "complicated" about traveling hundreds of miles when there was a travel ban in place? And when he was exhibiting covid symptoms? And I, as an American, remember all this perfectly well.
How on earth does a subscriber comment on the Weekly Dish? Or email Andrew Sullivan? I’m throwing this out blindly because comments seem to be mostly disabled and I see no reference to an email address anywhere on Andrew’s site or substack. Maybe someone in the Dishcast universe might randomly see this and reply.
I liked the Cummings interview, but am not a close follower of British politics.