Friday's News & Ideas - 5/29/2020

  • The veneration of hate
  • Mourning 100,000
  • MN diocese files for bankruptcy
  • Orthodox communion unchanged
  • Clergy reimagined after pandemic
  • Traveling in an uncertain future

Kneeling to venerate hate: The meaning of a police killing in Minnesota
Religion News Service: On Monday (May 25) in Minneapolis, a white police officer kneeled on the neck of a black man named George Floyd, who was already handcuffed, for as many as nine minutes.
Christianity Today: George Floyd left a gospel legacy in Houston

Presiding Bishop joins call for national day of mourning on June 1, invites Episcopalians to honor COVID-19 victims this weekend
Episcopal News Service: The grim milestone of 100,000 dead Americans coincides with a time that is sacred to all three Abrahamic faiths.
The Guardian: Religious leaders plan events to remember UK coronavirus victims

Catholic diocese in Minnesota to pay sexual abuse victims $22.5m
The Guardian: The diocese is filing for bankruptcy as part of settlement, after 70 people say they were abused by 41 priests in cases dating to 1950s.

Communion ritual unchanged in Orthodox Church despite virus
Associated Press: Contrary to what science says, the Greek Orthodox Church insists it is impossible for any disease -- including the coronavirus -- to be transmitted through Holy Communion.

Beyond pandemic, reimagining Italy's Catholic clergy
National Catholic Reporter: When coronavirus struck inside Europe's largest diocesan seminary, it upended the intense educational routine and spurred soul-searching among the nearly 130 young men studying to become Catholic priests.

The Spark

Dreaming of travel helps me face an uncertain future
I don’t know when I’ll see my mother again -- so I’m planning our future trips* through the lens of a travel novel, Matt Ortile writes at CN Traveler.

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