Monday's News & Ideas - 6/24/2019

  • Cardinals court far right
  • Church & autism
  • India & religious freedom
  • Spiritual searcher podcasts
  • Slaves sold by Georgetown
  • Webster’s war of words

As Pope Francis champions migrants, some cardinals court the far right
The New York Times: Cardinal Burke and his fellow ultraconservative prelates are working to extend ecclesiastical cover to nationalist politicians by hailing them as champions for Western Christianity.

Boy’s removal from church service spurs debate in UK on welcoming those with autism
Religion News Service: When visiting King’s College Chapel’s evensong, Rimmer was asked to remove 9-year-old Tristan, who has autism, for making too much noise.

India rejects critical US religious freedom report
Al Jazeera: Annual international report says Hindu groups used ‘violence, intimidation, and harassment’ against Muslims and Dalits.

8 Podcasts for the spiritual searcher
The New York Times: Even as organized religion loses adherents, Americans continue to seek higher meaning in their lives.

History of slaves sold for Georgetown detailed in new genealogical website
Religion News Service: A genealogical association has launched a new website detailing the family histories of slaves who were sold to keep Catholic-run Georgetown University from bankruptcy in the 1800s.

The Spark

Noah Webster’s civil war of words over American English
Webster’s first unabridged “American Dictionary of the English Language” blatantly stirred the young nation’s thirst for cultural independence from Britain, Aeon says.

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