Friday's News & Ideas

  • Vatican alters draft
  • Conservatives turning on Francis?
  • Retirement home Christianity
  • Bad cars, bad management
  • ET & religion
  • Dare not to share

Vatican alters draft report translation about gaysAssociated Press: The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays -- but only if they speak English.

Will conservatives turn on Pope Francis?Crux: Is a tipping point drawing close, when conservatives who have been inclined to give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt will, instead, turn on him?

Retirement home ChristianityFirst Things: What Richard J. Mouw found exciting and helpful about Christianity in his twenties differs significantly from his present life as a septuagenarian.

How bad cars happen: The Pontiac Aztek debacleRoad & Track: Former GM executive Bob Lutz on the dangers of totalitarian management.

Did Jesus save the Klingons?Scientific American: If or when we make contact with extraterrestrials, the effect on our religious sensibilities will be profound, says astronomer David Weintraub.

The Spark

Dare not to shareMeghan Murphy-Gill has already shared more news and photos of her baby boy on social media than she had intended. Yet, friends and family want to know why she's not posting even more. The reason? Because the constant concern for documenting and sharing can prevent being present in moments that matter most, she writes at the National Catholic Reporter. Those first smiles "belong just to us, our little family of three."

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