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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 6/14/2022

  • No one ‘religious view’ on abortion
  • Warnock on faith in Senate
  • How to avoid toxic staff in church
  • Stone & Flynn ‘distort Christianity’
  • Report on German clergy’s abuse
  • Between motherhood & creativity

There is no one ‘religious view’ on abortion: A scholar of religion, gender and sexuality explains
The Conversation: The Catholic Church’s official line on abortion, and even on any artificial birth control, is well known: Don’t do it. Surveys of how American Catholics live their lives, though, tell a different story.
The Atlantic: My religion makes me pro-abortion*

Raphael Warnock says his Senate colleagues sometimes ask, ‘Rev, pray for me’
Religion News Service: ‘I enjoyed being a pastor, and, in my heart, that’s who I am essentially — not only a pastor but the son of two pastors,’ Warnock said.

How to avoid hiring a toxic pastor or church staff member
Baptist News Global: Some people can get inside an organization and become a destructive tornado from within — usually while deflecting any responsibility for creating the chaos.

Roger Stone and Michael Flynn under fire over rallies ‘distorting Christianity’
The Guardian: Prominent Christian leaders accuse Trump allies of spreading misinformation about 2020 election and COVID, while distorting Christian teachings at ReAwaken America events

Report finds 196 clerics abused minors in German diocese
Associated Press: ‘The bishops and other officials in the diocesan leadership were in some cases extensively in the know,’ about the abuse, co-author Thomas Grossboelting said.

The Spark

Either/both: Considering literature’s pervasive motherhood/creativity divide
A forced choice, between motherhood and career, between domesticity and creativity, pervades literature and pop culture, where women must negotiate this divide and pick a side that will define their lives, LitHub says.

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