Thursday's News & Ideas

  • God told pope to resign
  • Faith & naiveté
  • Immortality financiers
  • Value of intergenerational ministries
  • Hate preach
  • Forgiving murder

Ex-pope Benedict says God told him to resign during 'mystical experience'The (London) Guardian: The former pope Benedict has claimed that his resignation in February was prompted by God, who told him to do it during a "mystical experience".

Faith calls for being silly, naive in order to be Christ-likeNational Catholic Reporter: Bill Tammeus gives money to his church, and his church supports efforts to solve problems of homelessness and poverty. But is that enough for him? Is it enough for you?

The immortality financiers: the billionaires who want to live foreverDaily Beast: We all want to live forever, but some of us have the means to actually do something about it.

Aging Well: The value of intergenerational ministriesUnited Methodist Reporter: If the church is really interested in bringing the generations together, it would do well to consider the power of the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.

Hate preachSlate: An American brags that he's the father of the Ugandan anti-gay movement. Can he be prosecuted in the U.S.?

The Spark

How do people forgive a crime like murder?The moment when a murderer is released from prison can be a traumatic one for the victim's family. But for American Bill Pelke the release of his grandmother's killer this year was different, the BBC reports. He has not only forgiven her, he wants to help her start a new life. How are people able to forgive a crime like this?

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