Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Formation in the Age of Francis
  • America's God
  • Churches connecting digitally
  • Amish convictions overturned
  • Mercy, antidote to sin
  • Parenting lessons from the movies

Seminary formation in the Age of Francis: Q&A with Monsignor David ToupsAmerica: An interview with the Very Rev. Monsignor David L. Toups about the impact of Pope Francis on U.S. seminary formation.

Have Americans made God in their image?Religion News Service: Author Matthew Paul Turner says we have made God "like a naked paper doll, one that free individuals could and would dress up into whatever Americanized deity they liked."

Site helps churches connect digitally with worshippersCBS News: Congregations hope FaithStreet.com will help them connect with younger followers.

Court overturns convictions in Amish hair attacksAssociated Press: Personal conflict, not religion, was the driving motive behind beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish, an appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in overturning the hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women.

What does everyday mercy look like?National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis has named the grand antidote to sin, which is mercy.

The Spark

The parenting lessons to be taken from moviesIt is 50 years since Mary Poppins appeared on cinema screens. The film presented a very particular view of middle-class family life, the BBC reports, but have movies influenced how people think about parenting?

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