Tuesday's News & Ideas - 6/25/2019

  • Paige Patterson lawsuit
  • Taylor president resigns
  • Catholic school fires gay teacher
  • Ban on blessing nukes?
  • Catholic social teaching & border
  • Extinction in real time

Lawsuit reveals details about Paige Patterson’s ‘break her down’ meeting with woman alleging campus rape
Baptist News Global: A lawsuit unsealed on June 6 claims the Southern Baptist Convention seminary “had a custom of ignoring female students’ complaints of sexual harassment.”

Taylor president surprises university with resignation
Christianity Today: Despite the recent controversy over inviting the VP to commencement, his departure is “not related,” according to the board.

Indiana Catholic school fires gay teacher, caving to archdiocese
HuffPost: Cathedral High School in Indianapolis said the “agonizing decision” came after months of dialogue. Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, also in Indianapolis, split with the diocese last week after refusing to fire a gay teacher.

The Russian church wants to ban priests from blessing weapons of mass destruction
Newsweek: It is common for Russian Orthodox priests to bless objects, not least new military hardware being introduced into service.

‘A drink of water could save a life.’ What Catholic social teaching says about the No More Deaths trial
America: Basically, every principle of Catholic social teaching is being violated in the ways that the aid workers are being prosecuted and in the way that the border in general is being regulated.
Crux: U.S. bishops draw flak for official statement after Trump’s deportation threat

The Spark

The last of its kind
The biologist David Sischo has a tragic assignment, Ed Yong writes at The Atlantic: keeping vigil over a species’ sole survivor, then marking its extinction in real time.

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