Religion News Service: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said: “Our task is to honor the saintly without condoning, hiding, or denying the sinful.”
CNN: Jerry Cook, the lead pastor of Freedom's Way Baptist Church in Santa Clarita, said in a sermon on Sunday that there was “no problem” with the unofficial ballot box, though several California state authorities have called it and others like it misleading and illegal.
Associated Press: For the first time, a clergy sex abuse trial opened Wednesday in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal, with one priest accused of molesting an altar boy in the Vatican’s youth seminary and another priest accused of covering it up.
The Conversation: Deaths from dementia during the summer of 2020 are nearly 20% higher than the number of dementia-related deaths during that time in previous years, and experts don’t yet know why.The Guardian: Carlo Acutis helped spread Catholic teaching online before his death aged 15 in 2006
The New York Times: As Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearings are set to begin Monday, her background and résumé are a stark departure from those of more traditional nominees to the Supreme Court.
The Atlantic: The irony at the heart of the Amy Coney Barrett fight*
ABC News: Pope Francis has met with Cardinal George Pell, warmly welcoming him for a private audience in the Apostolic Palace after the cardinal’s sex abuse conviction and acquittal in Australia.
Associated Press: Church volunteers are phone banking and organizing socially distanced caravans to help with early voting and Election Day ballot-casting.
USA Today: Trump has claimed that he is the protector of American Christians, but his incivility has tainted the nation, Michael Wear says.Religion News Service: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew has publicly apologized and said they realize they need to do more to combat systemic racism and white privilege in the organization and beyond. Others say it has a long way to go.
DCist: The church argued that the District was violating its First and Fifth Amendment rights by refusing to allow the church’s entire congregation, which numbers roughly 850 people, to gather for worship.
The Atlantic: Pastors’ silence on racism and COVID-19 is driving Black parishioners away from their congregations.
Crux: After Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu was asked to step into an early retirement by Pope Francis over allegations of embezzlement at the end of last month, the prelate has hit back against several other accusations of financial wrongdoing that have been made since, most of which involve his brothers.
Bloomberg: Covid-19 has upended the traditional Sunday service, taking sermons from the pulpit to the screen. It’s sparking a long overdue digital awakening for churches across the country and investors are taking notice.The Guardian: Mexico’s president says the Vatican should apologise for ‘reprehensible atrocities’ in colonization 500 years ago