Friday's News & Ideas - 3/17/2017

  • Whiteness of American Lent
  • Caution on sanctuary
  • Merton, Berrigan & Benedict option
  • Time for married priests?
  • Market bad @ doing religion
  • Leprechaun of Yonkers

The unbearable whiteness of American Lent
Religion Dispatches: Anita Little doesn't see herself or her people in the American observance of Lent because the black experience in America is already "Lent."

Sanctuary for the undocumented comes with legal consequences
Religion News Service: Some religious leaders are preaching caution rather than participation.

What would Thomas Merton and Daniel Berrigan say about the Benedict option?
America: James T. Keane wonders, what would these three Jeremiahs -- Merton, Berrigan and Stringellow -- have added to the debate?
Comment: The Benedict option or the Augustinian call?

Now is the time for married priests
National Catholic Reporter: It is time for the Catholic bishops to stop hoping for an increase in vocations to the celibate priesthood and to acknowledge that the church needs married priests to serve the people of God, Thomas Reese says.

As Songs of Praise viewers will find out, the market is bad at doing religion
The (London) Guardian: The BBC's outsourcing of its flagship religious program to a private production company is a portent of where the corporation is heading, Giles Fraser says.

The Spark

The happiness one lucky leprechaun created in Yonkers
This St. Patrick's Day the people of Yonkers, N.Y., will be thinking of Jess Buzzutto, known as "The Leprechaun of Yonkers." Before he died in 2012 at age 70, Buzzutto explained to StoryCorps how he became a town favorite. "Everybody is happy when they see a leprechaun."

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