Thursday's News & Ideas

  • Jonathan Sacks interview
  • Francis' conservative backlash
  • Screening youth ministers?
  • Church when marriage ends?
  • Hell houses
  • Dia de los Muertos altars

Jonathan Sacks on religion, politics and the civil war that Islam needsThe Spectator: The former chief rabbi's arguments for religion start from questions of community and identity, rather than theology.

A Catholic Church schism under Pope Francis isn't out of the questionThe (London) Guardian: The conservative backlash against the liberal pope's authority has been fierce, and is gathering momentum, Andrew Brown says.

Family of teen sexually solicited by youth pastor wants church to stop visits at schoolHouston Chronicle: Family's attorneys call for church to publicly disclose how it screens, trains and supervises its youth ministers and monitors their social media interactions with students.

Marriages start in a church, but where is the church when one ends?National Catholic Reporter: When marriages have broken down irretrievably, faith communities should provide a healing presence for affected families.

These evangelical haunted houses are designed to show sinners that they're going to hellWashington Post: Every Halloween, some conservative evangelical churches offer thrill seekers a faith-based alternative to the haunted house.

The Spark

Decoding the food and drink on a day of the dead altarSugar skulls, tamales and spirits (the alcoholic kind) -- these are things you might find on the special altars built for Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos. As NPR reports, everything on the altar has special meaning.

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