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March 13, 2012

Tuesday's News & Ideas

Saints compete for top ranking in 'Lent Madness'
Religion News Service: As college basketball fans prepare for March Madness, a holier tournament already has Christians rooting and cheering this Lenten season.
Lent Madness.org: Who will win the golden halo?

Hot and bothered
The Economist: The rise of evangelicalism is shaking up the established Church of England.

Inspiration Networks increases evangelist's pay to $2.5 million
Charlotte (N.C.) Observer: Inspiration Networks, a nonprofit Christian broadcaster, paid CEO nearly $2.5 million in total compensation in 2010, a 47 percent increase since 2008.

Catholics must accept changing church may take longer than their lifetime
Irish Times: Catholics hoping for reform in their church know progress will be -- at best -- glacial.

Feminism's final frontier? Religion.
Washington Post: In churches, synagogues and mosques across the land, women are still treated as second-class citizens. And that diminished status is beginning to rankle.

Banks foreclosing on churches in record numbers
Reuters: Banks are foreclosing on America's churches in record numbers as lenders lose patience with religious facilities that have defaulted on their mortgages.
The New York Times: Mortgage crisis inspires churches to send Lenten season message to banks

The Spark

The six secrets the Girls Scouts have kept for a century
When Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in 1912, her purpose was "to train girls to take their rightful places in life, first as good women, then as good citizens, wives, and mothers." More than 50 million American girls and women have worn the uniform since then, and today Girl Scouting is flourishing, the Wall Street Journal reports. How is this single-sex organization based on principles begun before World War I able to remain vital? What are the secrets to the continued success of Girl Scouting?

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