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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 1/25/2022

  • Jerry Falwell Jr. interviews
  • Queer Catholics out themselves
  • Dorothy Day’s legacy
  • Army chaplain on TikTok
  • Church providing COVID testing
  • Kids’ media & the pandemic

Inside Jerry Falwell Jr.’s unlikely rise and precipitous fall at Liberty University*
Vanity Fair: In a series of interviews, Falwell — accompanied by his wife, Becki — describes the events that led to his ouster, their fallout, and why he’s finally ready to admit he never had much use for his father’s church anyway.

Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect
Associated Press: The group — including priests, religion teachers and administrative employees — publicly outed themselves, saying they want to live without fear.

Was Dorothy Day too left-wing to be a Catholic saint?*
The New York Times: The Archdiocese of New York has asked the Vatican to consider the social activist for sainthood. But church leaders are not entirely comfortable with her politics.

The unlikely story of America’s highest ranking Muslim soldier and TikTok favorite
Religion News Service: A chance encounter with an army chaplain put Colonel Khallid Shabazz's military career on a different path.

Orlando church offers late-night COVID-19 tests to meet workers’ needs
Episcopal News Service: An Episcopal church in Orlando, Florida, is offering free COVID-19 tests at night to meet the needs of neighbors who can’t make it to daytime clinics because of work or child care responsibilities.

The Spark

How Sesame Street is handling the pandemic
Kids’ media have achieved a level of clarity* and directness in their pandemic coverage that can be hard to find in outlets geared toward older audiences.

*access is limited for nonsubscribers



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