Friday's News & Ideas - 8/14/2020

  • Controversy at Sojourners
  • Traumatized faith leaders
  • Abuse lawsuits wait on PA
  • YoungLife ‘bait and switch’
  • Nationalists using religion
  • Retirement race gap

Sojourners pulls article about Catholic Church and race from website
National Catholic Reporter: Both the article and the editor-in-chief’s decision to pull the article have been controversial.

Faith leaders fight their own trauma as they minister to families of those killed in Chicago violence*
Chicago Tribune: Each death is different. But each one takes a piece of their souls.

Slew of church abuse lawsuits hinges on state court decision
Associated Press: Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses have been hit with about 150 lawsuits from people who say they were sexually abused as children by priests and hope a state court decision last year has shown a way around time limits for legal claims.

Youth ministry accused of deceiving queer teens with ‘bait and switch’
HuffPost: Young Life, an evangelical ministry, purposefully hides its anti-LGBTQ theology and turns queer people away after they’re already invested in the program, activists say.

The nationalists who weaponize religion*
The Atlantic: India’s and Turkey’s leaders are undoing what were previously secular republics.

The Spark

America’s retirement race gap, and ideas for closing it
Racial gaps* in retirement security were large before the coronavirus struck, and the economic disruptions caused by the pandemic could worsen the problem, The New York Times says.

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