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Wednesday's News & Ideas - 11/29/2023

  • New Orleans diocese bankruptcy
  • Francis punishes Burke
  • ‘The Philadelphia Eleven’ film
  • Evangelical scholar fired
  • Learning Christian history
  • Human life needs insects

‘You’re only as sick as your secrets’: New Orleans clergy abuse bankruptcy is uniquely acrimonious
The Guardian: The church is using legal tactics to prevent testimony from survivors and spur expensive inquiries into its critics.

Pope punishes leading critic Cardinal Burke in second action against conservative American prelates
The Associated Press: Behind closed doors, Francis said he was removing Burke’s privileges of having a subsidized Vatican apartment and salary as a retired cardinal because he was using the privileges against the church.

A film sheds light on 11 daring women whose defiant act changed the Episcopal Church
Religion News Service: “The Philadelphia Eleven” depicts the buildup toward the so-called irregular ordination at which four bishops ordained 11 women as priests without the denomination’s approval.

Canadian evangelical scholar fired following university investigation*
Christianity Today: A Christian college terminated John G. Stackhouse after an independent report alleged a pattern of inappropriate remarks to students. The professor challenges the findings.

Between the Bible and me*
The Christian Century: The version of Christian history that Debie Thomas grew up with hit fast-forward after John’s Revelation and held it until the late 20th century.

The Spark

Mars needs insects
If humans are ever going to live on the red planet, they’re going to have to bring bugs* with them, The New York Times says.

*access is limited for nonsubscribers



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