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Friday's News & Ideas - 3/10/2023

  • Catholic group tracked gay priests
  • Jehovah’s Witness hall shooting
  • Former bishop sues ELCA
  • Christian women shaping the church
  • ‘What I wished for’
  • A knitwear sensation at 83

Catholic group spent millions on app data that tracked gay priests*
The Washington Post: A group of philanthropists poured money into a Denver nonprofit that obtained dating and hookup app data and shared it with bishops around the country, a Post investigation has found.

Multiple dead in Jehovah’s Witness hall shooting in Germany
Associated Press: Shots were fired inside a building used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the northern German city of Hamburg on Thursday evening, with several people killed and wounded, police said.

Former Bishop Megan Rohrer, forced to resign over Latino pastor’s removal, sues ELCA
Religion News Service: Rohrer is suing the denomination, claiming he was ‘scapegoated’ and cast as racist for following orders when he removed the pastor of a Latino congregation on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

8 Christian women shaping the church in 2023
Sojourners: The women in this year’s list include authors and reporters; activists and advocates; professors and pastors, but they’re all united by their commitment to tell radical, inclusive stories and their belief that shaping the church and world starts in one’s own community.

What I wished for*
The Christian Century: Sometimes we can’t express what we want, even when we are in desperate need.

The Spark

A knitwear sensation at 83
How Delia Barry, the octogenarian who knitted Colin Farrell’s cozy “Banshees of Inisherin” sweaters, became an internet star,* according to The New York Times.

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