Friday's News & Ideas - 7/10/2020

  • Abuse doesn’t just happen
  • Catholic Church gets $1.4B in aid
  • Religion’s racist past
  • Interpreting SCOTUS decisions
  • Making sense of suffering
  • Building cities for caregivers

Abuse happens because we let it
Sojourners: We do not know how to talk about abuse -- especially when the abuse is sexual, especially when the abuse happens to children, especially when the perpetrator is someone we know, trust, and love.

After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid
Associated Press: The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.

To fight racism, we need to confront religion’s racist past
Religion News Service: Trump came, uninvited, to unceded Lakota territory. He arrived at the Six Grandfathers, known also as the sacred Black Hills, where he paid homage to Mount Rushmore, a national monument carved into the hills by a man with ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

On religion, the Supreme Court protects the right to be different*
The New York Times: Recent decisions are about safeguarding pluralism, not taking sides in the culture wars.

A rabbi explains how to make sense of suffering
Vox: “We’ve been suddenly plunged into an existential crisis, and we’re not a society in general that turns to deep questions of life meaning,” Rabbi David Wolpe says.

The Spark

How to rebuild cities for caregiving
Decades after critiques on how cities fail caregivers, the same problems remain. Citylab looks at the call for reimagining urban infrastructure.

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