Daily links, Mon., April 23: Support for the sisters, bishops blunder on

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious finds new defenders everyday, with America’s Jim Martin rallying the troops on Twitter. Religion News Service’s David Gibson analyzed the situation on Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.

New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan is getting heat for his response to a request from the director of a shelter for youth, who invited the cardinal to meet with LGBT young people; Dolan’s response triggered gay Catholic Joseph Amodeo to resign from New York Catholic Charities junior board. Amodeo explains at Religion Dispatches.

Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky is being pressured to resign from Notre Dame’s Board of Fellows by ND faculty because of his comparison of President Obama to Stalin and Hitler. Down in Miami, Archbishop Thomas Wenski suggests that the Obama administration’s policies could be seen as reflecting “anti-Catholic sentiment” and compared the bishops’ current battle over religious liberty to the civil rights movement. When asked if he feared a backlash from the bishops’ political activity, he responded: “That sort of sounds like during the civil rights era telling the black people to keep quiet rather than to press their rights.” Careful with those analogies, archbishop.