Thursday's News & Ideas

  • U.S. Hispanics leaving Catholicism
  • Big win for the prayer lobby
  • Christian matchmaking
  • Evangelicals & Catholics
  • Church with more tradition than glitz
  • Advice for grads: You are not special

Even as U.S. Hispanics lift Catholicism, many are leaving the church behindThe New York Times: The Hispanicization of American Catholicism faces a big challenge: Hispanics are leaving Catholicism at a striking rate.Pew Forum: The shifting religious identity of Latinos in the United States

A big win for the prayer lobbyThe New York Times: To understand why the case's backers were so cock-a-hoop, you must first know something about the long game being played by the religious right.

A short history of Christian matchmakingReligion & Politics: Faith-based matchmaking services are thriving online, where nearly a quarter of all couples now find each other.

Evangelicals and Catholics Together marks 20 yearsReligion News Service: Relations between the two groups appear stronger than ever, forged by shared battles over abortion, same-sex marriage, religious freedom and immigration.

In search of a church with more tradition than glitzLong Beach (Calif.) Press Telegram: Instead of fog machines and colored lights, you get a great, booming pipe organ. That's a trade Melissa Evans is happy to make.

The Spark

Advice to high school graduates: 'You are not special'Nothing about Wellesley High School's 2012 graduation seemed out of the ordinary. The speaker, English teacher David McCullough, was participating in a ritual that happens hundreds of thousands of times in the U.S. every year. But as the Atlantic reports, his speech stood out for its blunt, four-word message: "You are not special."

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