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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Roe v. Wade has been overturned

Roe v. Wade has been overturned. In these states, abortion access will no longer be accessible.
The 19th News: Thirteen states have trigger laws that would immediately, or almost immediately, ban abortion now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade.

Religion News Service: Dobbs decision and the fall of Roe is met with rejoicing, dismay from faith groups
The Atlantic: If the Supreme Court can reverse Roe, it can reverse anything*
Presbyterian Church in America votes to leave National Association of Evangelicals
Religion News Service: It’s the third time in the past decade the theologically conservative Presbyterian denomination has considered a measure to leave the association, an umbrella organization of 40 evangelical Christian denominations.
Report backs abuse allegations against Chris Rice
Christianity Today: The singer allegedly groomed students at a Kentucky church through back rubs and unaccompanied sleepovers, according to an investigation by GRACE.
Can Fr. Martin ‘build a bridge’ between LGBTQ Catholics and the church?
Sojourners: “My target audience is a 15-year-old kid, male or female or transgender, who is in his/her/their bedroom, wondering if God loves them.”
The spirituality of slow fashion*
The Christian Century: I have found joy reusing, recycling and repairing clothing.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

How a religious sect landed Google in a lawsuit

New SBC president commits to move sex abuse reforms forward
The Associated Press
Saddleback female pastors debate raises bigger questions for the SBC
Christianity Today *
Bracing for the end of Roe v. Wade, the White House weighs executive actions
The New York Times *
Biden signs executive order to fight anti-LGBTQ state bills
NBC News
Christian Reformed Church codifies homosexual sex as sin in its declaration of faith
Religion News Service
Boise police can’t charge pastor who said LGBTQ people are ‘worthy of death’
Idaho Statesman *
Bay Area churches build tiny homes for their homeless neighbors
The Mercury News *
‘A Jewish hit list’: Antisemitic mapping project seen as incitement to violence in Massachusetts
The Boston Globe *
Religious attacks against Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi raise concerns among Democrats
Washington Examiner

How a religious sect landed Google in a lawsuit
The New York Times *
 

International headlines

UK sanctions head of Russian Orthodox Church
Politico

Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ movie banned in 14 markets for portraying same-sex relationship
The Wall Street Journal *
Saudi authorities seize rainbow toys in crackdown on homosexuality
Agence France-Presse
Tokyo oves to allow same-sex partnerships, but not as legal marriage
The Washington Post *
Malta activists protest, seek to decriminalize abortion
The Associated Press
Vatican discloses uses of pope’s fund, hoping to reverse sagging trust
Reuters
Pope cracks down on new Catholic religious start-ups
The Associated Press
U.S.-led coalition says it detained senior ISIS leader in Syria
Reuters 

Analysis and commentary

Under the banner of Hulu
The Atlantic *
Pentecostals’ political warfare
The Revealer
BDS detours into old-school antisemitism
The Washington Post *
Demythologizing conclaves
First Things *

Friday, June 10, 2022

The Christian vs. Hindu yoga debate

Welcome to Friday. The International Day of Yoga offers an opportunity to reflect on debates around yoga in the U.S., many of which hinge on religious questions that go beyond a boiled-down binary of Christian vs. Hindu, says an NCR commentary writer. And NCR CEO/Publisher Bill Mitchell says we were able to play a leadership role in the groundbreaking 1985 coverage of clergy sexual abuse as a result of two attributes that remain central to our news organization all these years later.


The Christian vs. Hindu yoga debate needs more critical nuance

Tuesday, June 21, will mark the eighth International Day of Yoga, offering an opportunity to reflect on some of the last year's public debates around yoga in the U.S., many of which hinge on religious questions.

In May 2021, Alabama lifted a 30-year ban on teaching yoga in public schools. The bill was introduced by certified yoga instructor and Democratic State Rep. Jeremy Gray. Some Christians felt that yoga classes in public schools violated First Amendment rights around religious freedom, and worried that yoga encouraged students to convert to Hinduism. This prompted an "opt-out" option for the classes (which are not mandated). 

"But the debate around yoga is far from this boiled-down binary of Christian vs. Hindu," writes NCR commentator Vani Kannan, adding that it is important to critique the blatant racism in these debates around yoga in school while also understanding the grassroots uses of yoga for health and healing outside of institutional religious spaces.

Read more of this commentary here.


Not letting go: sticking with the stories that matter

NCR CEO/Publisher Bill Mitchell was present at a June 4 gathering of survivors of clergy sexual abuse to mark 20 years since the Boston Globe exposed the cover-up of predatory priests by the Boston Archdiocese. At one point during the program, an NCR front page from 1985 appeared on the screen at the front of the room. The headline above the Page 1 editorial read: "Priest child abuse cases victimizing families; bishops lack policy response."

"NCR was able to play a leadership role in the sex abuse story as a result of two attributes that remain central to the organization all these years later: our independence and our focus on stories that matter to our readers," Mitchell writes.

Read more of Mitchell's column here.

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More headlines

Female songwriters are dropping off the worship charts

Mexican megachurch leader gets more than 16 years for sexually abusing girls
Associated Press: The victims objected to the plea deal, saying they only learned about it at the last minute and were not consulted.
What supporters of gun rights mean when they talk about ‘evil’*
The New York Times: Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, began his press conference on the day of the Uvalde massacre not with policy but theology.
Study: Female songwriters are dropping off the worship charts
Christianity Today: As big-label collaborations dominate church setlists, fewer Christian women are penning hits than 30 years ago.
The Bible’s imprints on US politics are noticeably masculine*
Christian Century: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza wants us to reform our collective subconscious.
Bruce Kent obituary
The Guardian: Bruce Kent, who led the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, was the most controversial Catholic priest of his generation in Britain.

What is a Woman?

A Double Persecution: The Witness of Hong Kong’s Cardinal Zen

By Dr. R. Jared Staudt on Jun 09, 2022 03:03 am
If the Church is to continue to be Christ’s presence in the world, then part of that mission includes continuing his sacrifice. I recently wrote about the sacrificial witness of the priest in the face [...]
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End Roe—and then fight the primary cause of abortion

By Monica Migliorino Miller on Jun 09, 2022 12:33 am
“One third of all pregnancies in Detroit ends in abortion.” Such was the shocking May 22, 2014 headline of the Detroit News in huge black letters above the fold. The article reported on statistics for [...]
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Archbishop Cordileone ‘stood up for what’s right’ in actions toward Pelosi, Fresno bishop says

By Catholic News Agency on Jun 08, 2022 08:01 pm
Bishop Joseph V. Brennan of Fresno, California. / Screenshot of Diocese of Fresno YouTube video Denver Newsroom, Jun 8, 2022 / 18:01 pm (CNA). Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco was right to ask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not t... [...]
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Halo full of sci-fi action, but also develops deeper themes

By Thomas P. Harmon on Jun 08, 2022 06:16 pm
Halo, now streaming on Paramount+, is full of fun—and mostly cartoonish—sci-fi action, but also manages to touch on more ambitious themes concerning transhumanism, the relationship between artificial intelligence and human beings, and the corruption of [...]
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FULL TEXT: Letter from Colorado bishops to Catholic lawmakers who backed abortion law

By Catholic News Agency on Jun 08, 2022 07:48 am
Aerial/Drone photograph of a sunset over the Colorado state capital building. Capital city of Denver. / Shutterstock Denver Newsroom, Jun 8, 2022 / 05:48 am (CNA). The bishops of Colorado on Tuesday issued an open letter asking Catholic lawmake... [...]
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Extra, extra! News and views for June 8, 2022

By CWR Staff on Jun 08, 2022 05:00 am
The Pride Flag – “St. Augustine calls pride the libido dominandi — the lust for domination — and he describes this as a spiritual disposition which is fundamentally disordering.” The Two Cities in June (Post Liberal [...]
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The Summer Reading List: A Ukrainian Primer

By George Weigel on Jun 08, 2022 03:04 am
Given the rubbish about Ukraine spewed out by Russian propaganda trolls and regurgitated by foolish or ideologically besotted Americans, this year’s annual Summer Reading List will focus on serious books that explain the background, including [...]
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The Two Cities is a remarkable, comprehensive history of the world

By Conor Dugan on Jun 07, 2022 11:45 pm
A common theme of many postliberal thinkers is that we are too often hemmed in by the boundaries and limits of contemporary thinking. As David Schindler, D.C. Schindler, Michael Hanby, Patrick Deneen, and others have [...]
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Can anything good come out of Hollywood?

By Carl E. Olson on Jun 07, 2022 09:58 pm
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Douglas Beaumont, about his book The Message Behind the Movie—Reboot: Engaging Film without Disengaging Faith (Ignatius Press, 2022). Douglas earned a Ph.D. in theology from North-West University and [...]
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Metropolitan Hilarion moved in Russian Orthodox Church shake-up

By Catholic News Agency on Jun 07, 2022 10:20 am
Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Dec. 22, 2021 / Vatican Media. London, England, Jun 7, 2022 / 08:20 am (CNA). Metropolitan Hilarion has been released from his position as the Russian Orthodox Church’s chief... [...]
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Dr. Ray Guarendi answers common questions about adoption

By Paul Senz on Jun 06, 2022 06:39 pm
The prospect of adoption is daunting, even frightening, to most people. There are so many unknowns and so many questions: Can we love a child like your own who isn’t your own flesh-and-blood? This child [...]
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Why this August’s extraordinary consistory of cardinals is significant

By Catholic News Agency on Jun 06, 2022 06:46 am
An ordinary public consistory at the Vatican on Oct. 20, 2014. / Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. Vatican City, Jun 6, 2022 / 04:46 am (CNA). Under the Code of Canon Law, reformed in 1983, there are two types of consistories of cardinals: ordinary an... [...]
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Previously unknown document by Blessed Franz Jägerstätter discovered

By Michael J. Miller on Jun 06, 2022 12:00 am
The Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter (1907-1943) was executed by the occupying Nazi regime for his refusal to serve in the armed forces of the Third Reich. His conscientious objection was based on his deep Catholic [...]
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Dozens feared dead in attack on Catholic church in Nigeria

By Catholic News Agency on Jun 05, 2022 11:13 am
Breaking News / CNA Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 5, 2022 / 09:13 am (CNA). Gunmen have killed multiple worshipers Sunday at a Catholic Church in southwestern Nigeria, according to state officials.Dozens of people, including children, are beli... [...]
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On Pentecost and “Matters Not Dictated By the Holy Spirit”

By James V. Schall, S.J. on Jun 05, 2022 12:00 am
“Objection: The Scripture is plainly full of matters not dictated by the Holy Spirit. –Answer: Then they do not harm faith. Objection: But the Church has decided that all is of the Holy Spirit. Answer: [...]
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What is a Woman? reveals the deeper problems with transgenderism

By Nick Olszyk on Jun 04, 2022 02:33 pm
MPAA Rating: Not rated at the time of this review (for adults) CNS Rating: Not rated at the time of this review (for adults) Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 reels The title of this 

The Trinity: A Mystery for Eternity

By Carl E. Olson on Jun 10, 2022 05:00 am
Readings: • Prov 8:22-31 • Ps 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 • Rom 5:1-5 • Jn 16:12-15 The apologist and novelist Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957) dryly noted, in an essay titled “The Dogma is the Drama,” that for [...]
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Prayer and Mortification: Liturgical Abnegation is Freedom

By David Fagerberg, Ph.D. on Jun 10, 2022 12:06 am
Prayer is not a matter of getting God to give us what we want, it is a method for making us want what God desires to give. That is, it is not a matter of [...]
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Ruth Institute’s 5th Annual Summit will address effects of the Sexual Revolution

By Jim Graves on Jun 09, 2022 10:58 pm
The Ruth Institute’s 5th Annual Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution will be held Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. It will feature speakers who have lived through – and escaped [...]
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