Monday's News & Ideas

  • An affront Catholics agree on?
  • Fighting the man
  • Roger Williams & American soul
  • Women majority of new CoE priests
  • Soul & the Internet
  • Superior French parents

An affront Catholics agree onLos Angeles Times: Liberal and conservative Catholics don't agree on much, but they're both outraged by a new rule on contraception coverage.CNN Belief blog: 'Real Catholics' not opposed to birth control

How to fight the manThe New York Times: Authorities and institutions don't repress the passions of the heart, but give them focus and a means to turn passion into change, David Brooks says.

'Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul,' by John M. BarryWashington Post: New book is not so much a biography as a discourse on the clash among ideas as they played out during a period when the American "soul" was being formed.

More new women priests than men for first timeThe (London) Telegraph: More female priests are joining the Church of England than male ones for the first time ever.The (London) Independent: Churchmen close ranks (again) in battle over women bishops

Rethinking the soul as the 'Net becomes more lifelikeWashington Post: Lisa Miller asks, 'Does the Internet have a soul?'

Pastor Rick Warren born again to healthier livingUSA Today: Pastor Rick Warren has always seemed larger than life. But now he's a smaller, healthier size.

The Spark

Why French parents are superiorWhile Americans fret over modern parenthood, the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety, the Wall Street Journal reports. Pamela Druckerman, author of "Bringing Up Bebe" on the Gallic secrets for avoiding tantrums, teaching patience and saying "non" with authority.

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