What attracts gay men to the Catholic priesthood? “It would be a good thing for the bishops to agree on a strict and enforceable national policy. But what many Americans are calling the ”crisis” of the Roman Catholic Church won’t be settled by an administrative proposal on the single issue of sexual abuse. The crisis is a big bundle of old questions about priestly sexuality and systems of Roman authority. Many church officers, here and in the Vatican, want to keep the larger questions out of the discussion, in particular the volatile question of priestly homosexuality.” — Mark D. Jordan, professor of religion at Emory University and author of The Silence of Sodom: Homosexuality in Modern Catholicism, Boston Globe op-ed [thanks, Rich]

“Memo indicates FBI was warned about Arab pilots: Two months before the Sept. 11 attacks, an FBI agent in Arizona alerted Washington headquarters that several Middle Easterners were training at a US aviation school, and recommended contacting other schools nationwide where Arabs might be studying.” Boston Globe

Planet Alignment Peaks Sunday and Monday: “The long-awaited gathering of the five naked-eye planets reaches its peak May 5-6 in the western evening sky. In a single glance you’ll be able to see all five planets, a feat not possible again for decades.

Further, three of the five planets will crowd into a small spot in the sky, making for a very distinctive formation — officially dubbed a “planetary trio” — that is sure to thrill skywatchers.” What to look for and when. Yahoo! News