Monday's News & Ideas - 1/11/2021

  • House chaplain during riot
  • ADL calls for Trump’s ouster
  • Pope formalizes women’s roles
  • Warnock’s weekend sermon
  • Anti-abortion leaders urge vaccine
  • Acquiring the Pentagon Papers

How House chaplain calmed tense hours in besieged Capitol with prayers for ‘God’s covering’
Religion News Service: As a mob overtook the Capitol and the work of lawmakers ground to a halt, Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben’s work began in earnest.

ADL call for Trump’s ouster is a watershed for American Jewish establishment*
The Forward: The Anti-Defamation League was the first major, mainstream American Jewish organization to take such a stand, and an unprecedented one for the 108-year-old organization.

Pope, in new decree, allows more roles for women in Church
Reuters: Pope Francis, in another step towards greater equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church, on Monday changed its law to allow them to serve as readers at liturgies, altar servers and distributors of communion.

Senator-elect Warnock contrasts his election with the Capitol attack in his first sermon back
CNN: The Rev. Raphael Warnock said Sunday his election victory was a “glimpse of God's vision” as he delivered his first sermon at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church since he and fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff won Georgia’s Senate runoff elections.

Anti-abortion faith leaders support use of COVID-19 vaccines
Associated Press: In a growing consensus, religious leaders at the forefront of the anti-abortion movement in the United States are telling their followers that the leading vaccines available to combat COVID-19 are acceptable to take, given their remote and indirect connection to lines of cells derived from aborted fetuses.

The Spark

Now it can be told: How Neil Sheehan got the Pentagon Papers
It was a story he had chosen not to tell -- until 2015, when he sat for a four-hour interview, promised that this account* would not be published while he was alive, The New York Times says.

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