Friday's News & Ideas - 6/28/2019

  • Indiana Catholic schools
  • Buttigieg attacks hypocrisy
  • Chicago church closing
  • CoE’s first black female bishop
  • Trump at evangelical conference
  • Brinkley & liberalism

Why are Catholic schools firing gay teachers -- and how can one refuse?
Religion News Service: In response to pressure from their archdiocese, one Indianapolis fired a gay teacher, and another refused. Then came the plot twist: The two teachers are married to each other.

Pete Buttigieg takes aim at religious hypocrisy
The Atlantic: The second night of the first Democratic debates focused on the American values that have been corrupted under Trump, in the view of the 2020 candidates.

From sacred to secular: What happens when a Catholic church shuts down?
Chicago Tribune: Changing neighborhood demographics, fewer parishioners and priests and a lack of funding have led dioceses across the nation to announce plans for closure or consolidation.

Church of England appoints its first black female bishop
The Guardian: Rose Hudson-Wilkin, born in Jamaica, will be consecrated in November as bishop of Dover.

Trump touts his ‘so good and so righteous’ achievements at evangelical conference
HuffPost: Trump boasted about his record on conservative causes during this year’s Faith & Freedom Coalition conference, and warned that the gains he made are ‘fragile.’

The Spark

Alan Brinkley’s visions of liberalism
The iconic historian passed away this June, but his work on the strengths, limits and vulnerabilities of 20th-century liberalism are still at the center of debate today, The Nation writes.

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