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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 8/9/2022

  • Will Biden champion abortion?
  • Barber’s populist vision
  • Nicaragua police investigate bishop
  • Heaven for our time
  • Salisbury cathedral archives
  • Investigation of family separations

Biden is an uneasy champion on abortion. Can he lead the fight in post-Roe America?*
The New York Times: A practicing Catholic, President Biden has long sought a middle ground on abortion. But activists see the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a sign that Democrats have tiptoed too carefully around the issue.

We need an alternative populist vision to defeat the MAGA movement
Religion News Service: The moment is ripe for a different kind of popular movement that confronts divisive lies and builds broad coalitions for the common good.

Nicaragua police investigating bishop critical of government
Associated Press: Nicaragua’s police said Friday they have begun an investigation against a Roman Catholic bishop who has been an outspoken critic of President Daniel Ortega’s government.

A theology of heaven for our time*
Christian Century: To affirm the truth of heaven is to fire our spiritual imaginations for this life.

Salisbury cathedral archives reveal 800 years of smuggling, threats and ‘lying about’
The Guardian: Archivists and volunteers have been compiling stories for an exhibition on the petty crimes surrounding the famous close.

The Spark

“We need to take away children”: The secret history of the U.S. government’s family-separation policy
During the year and a half in which the U.S. government separated thousands of children from their parents,* the Trump administration’s explanations for what was happening were deeply confusing, and on many occasions patently untrue, The Atlantic says.

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