Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Tutu gets Templeton
  • Vanier advice for the Pope
  • No pastor problem for Obama
  • Gay parishioner booted from posts
  • Cut Mumford some slack
  • Stress on campus

Tutu wins Templeton PrizeCNN Belief blog: Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the winner of the 2013 Templeton Prize, which "honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension."

Seek out the weak and the excludedU.S. Catholic: With the church at a crossroads, Catholics look to Pope Francis for guidance. Jean Vanier gives the new pope advice on reaching out to the least among us.

President Obama doesn't have a 'pastor problem'Los Angeles Times: Ever since the Rev. Jeremiah Wright issue in 2008, Republicans have been looking for another figure to exploit. They can keep on looking.

Longtime gay parishioner booted from church postsReligion News Service: A Long Island parishioner was booted from his church posts after an anonymous letter writer told the local bishop about the man's marriage to another man.

Marcus Mumford & the trouble with labelsOrange County Register: Cathleen Falsani says cut Marcus Mumford some slack and thank him for his honesty.

The Spark

All work and no play? No moreToday's college students are more stressed out and career-minded than ever, and anxiety has become the leading mental health issue on campuses, Inside Higher Ed reports. One reason: Students never take time to relax. At Wake Forest University, they're disrupting the stress patterns with intervention. Passive intervention.

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