One week before the most solemn day in the Christian year, the city of Davenport, Iowa removed Good Friday from its municipal calendar, setting off a storm of complaints from Christians and union members whose contracts give them that day off.
Taking a recommendation by the Davenport Civil Rights Commission to change the holiday’s name to something more ecumenical, City Administrator Craig Malin sent a memo to municipal employees announcing Good Friday would officially be known as “Spring Holiday.”
Is it any wonder Jesus is cranky?
“Say what?,” you may ask. Well, I read the gospel according to Newsweek, and their religion editor, Lisa Miller, describes Christ as “typically cranky.” She goes on to explain that she doesn’t “buy” the Resurrection (fair enough, not everyone does). Of course, that doesn’t keep her from giving the Catholic Church advice: “What’s needed, really, is a new vision for a church that is more human.” Like dropping the Resurrection? Well, it is a tad supernatural, after all.
The Catholic Church is obviously not immune to criticism and is far from perfect. It has never claimed to be perfect — Christianity’s premise, after all, is that we’re sinners in need of redemption. But, as much as Christians should welcome criticism and debate, much of what passes as religion commentary these days desperately needs some reconciliation with sound analysis, because it sounds more like the fruits of angst over cultural values and disbelief.