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Monday's News & Ideas - 1/10/2022

  • RCA splits
  • Recovering from pandemic
  • Right-wing Catholic funding
  • Claremont land lawsuit
  • Francis writes to controversial nun
  • Hospitals are struggling

Reformed Church in America splits as conservative churches form new denomination
Religion News Service: Some who remain in the RCA are concerned for the small, nearly 400-year-old denomination’s survival.

The world feels fragile, but we can recover from the blows we’ve suffered
The Guardian: Science, art and religion can all help us build towards a new conception of humanity in the wake of the pandemic, Rowan Williams says.

Right-wing Catholic causes got millions from group that funded some Capitol rioters
National Catholic Reporter: An organization that provided hefty sums of money to nonprofits that spread misinformation about the 2020 presidential election and organized the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol building has also funneled millions of dollars in anonymous donations to right-wing Catholic nonprofits and official Catholic groups.

Theology school must sell land to Claremont Colleges, court rules
Inside Higher Ed: The ruling follows nearly six years of litigation over the value of the campus and the Claremont Colleges’ right to purchase the land for only $4 million, per a 1957 agreement with the Claremont School of Theology.

Pope Francis writes to controversial nun, thanking her for 50 years of LGBTQ ministry*
The Washington Post: Pope Francis has sent an encouraging letter to an American nun thanking her for her 50 years of ministry to LGBTQ Catholics, more than two decades after she was investigated and censured by the Vatican for her work.

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Hospitals are in serious trouble
Omicron is inundating a health-care system that was already buckling under the cumulative toll of every previous surge, The Atlantic says.

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