Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier: The S.C. state Supreme Court decided Wednesday that 29 parishes whose congregations left The Episcopal Church in 2012 can't take their valuable properties with them, a decision that could set the stage for a massive exchange of historic church capital in the region.
The Washington Post: Which is more often to blame if a person is poor: lack of effort, or difficult circumstances beyond their control? There's theology involved in how you answer that.
Crux: Despite vast differences in outlook, experience and agenda, Pope Francis and President Donald Trump both prefer informal decision-making over established procedures, and both practice "government by surprise."
Religion News Service: Megachurch pastor Joel Hunter, who tried to lead the nation's evangelicals toward more moderate, center-right positions on issues such as climate change and immigration, is stepping down as leader of Northland, a Church Distributed, in Longwood, Fla.
The Economist: As the church loses interest, private enterprise has taken its place.