Wednesday's News & Ideas - 8/29/2018

  • Vatican clash gets more surreal
  • White House evangelical meeting
  • Institutional oversight needed
  • Seminary address: Mercy goes first
  • Football & prayer
  • 'Hey Jude' @ 50

Story of bombshell charges against Pope more surreal by the minute
Crux: Never say a particular story just can't get any more surreal, because trust me, John Allen says -- it always can.
Religion News Service: Doubts about Viganò's accusations aside, Pope Francis needs a better response
Vox: Catholic Church insiders are calling for Pope Francis to resign. Here's why.

If G.O.P. loses hold on Congress, Trump warns, Democrats will enact change 'quickly and violently'
The New York Times: President Trump warned evangelical leaders Monday night that Democrats "will overturn everything that we've done and they'll do it quickly and violently" if Republicans lose control of Congress in the midterm elections.
Religion News Service: White House honors evangelicals 'for all the good work they do'

The church is too important to be left to the clerics
National Review: The healthiest political and corporate institutions have checks and balances, and some degree of independent oversight or overseers. The Catholic Church does not, says John Hillen.
NPR: Catholic lay group wants more responsibility to investigate clergy sexual abuse

"Mercy goes first": an address to seminary graduates
Mockingbird: The Rev. Larry Parsley tells Truett Seminary graduates, "let mercy go first. Let mercy speak the first word."

Football and the political act of prayer
Religion & Politics: In football, prayer is -- and has always been -- political.

The Spark

'Hey Jude' at 50: Celebrating the Beatles' most open-hearted masterpiece
Released 50 years ago this week, "Hey Jude" was the Beatles' biggest hit, topping the U.S. charts for nine weeks. As Rolling Stone reports, it was a tribute to everything the members loved and respected about each other.

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