Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Preserving church-state divide
  • Benedict at 7
  • High-tech outreach
  • Bishops: GOP budget fails
  • God as improve partner
  • Word arguments

Preserving the division between church and stateSydney Morning Herald: Mixing rulers and priests threatens both religion and politics.

Pope has consistently come down on dissent within the church like a hammerThe Irish Times: Seven years into his papacy, what has Pope Benedict meant for his church?

More congregations turn to Facebook, Web, high-tech outreachUSA Today: McKinney, Texas, congregation is on board with almost every high-tech gambit under heaven.

Catholic bishops say GOP budget proposal fails moral testReligion News Service: Nation's Catholic bishops reiterate their demand that the federal budget protect the poor, and say GOP measure "fails to meet these moral criteria."

God as my improv partnerBusted Halo: Appreciating faith's unscripted moments.

Unlikely spiritual pilgrim walks 70 miles from frat house to shrineCNN Belief blog: Though he's not Catholic, Andrew Domini walked for two days to reach a Catholic shrine in Indiana.

The Spark

AP's approval of 'hopefully' symbolizes larger debate over languageThe barbarians have done it, finally infiltrating a remaining bastion of order in a linguistic wasteland. Yesterday, the venerated AP Stylebook publicly affirmed that it, too, had succumbed to the modern usage of "hopefully," the Washington Post reports. For decades, the word has been caught in a struggle between two opposing camps. You know these kinds of arguments: Nauseated vs. Nauseous, Healthy vs. Healthful. It's never about the words so much as about the world view.

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