Tuesday's News & Ideas - 10/13/2020

  • Barrett hearings
  • Pell welcomed by Francis
  • Churches mobilizing voters
  • Trump hasn’t ‘saved Christianity’
  • Men’s ministry loses members
  • The struggle of indoor dining

Rooted in faith, Amy Coney Barrett represents a new conservatism*
The New York Times: As Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearings are set to begin Monday, her background and résumé are a stark departure from those of more traditional nominees to the Supreme Court.
The Atlantic: The irony at the heart of the Amy Coney Barrett fight*

Pope warmly greets redeemed Cardinal Pell after abuse trial
ABC News: Pope Francis has met with Cardinal George Pell, warmly welcoming him for a private audience in the Apostolic Palace after the cardinal’s sex abuse conviction and acquittal in Australia.

Black churches mobilizing voters despite virus challenges
Associated Press: Church volunteers are phone banking and organizing socially distanced caravans to help with early voting and Election Day ballot-casting.

Trump hasn’t ‘saved Christianity’ and Christians shouldn’t save his presidency
USA Today: Trump has claimed that he is the protector of American Christians, but his incivility has tainted the nation, Michael Wear says.

Episcopal men’s ministry loses board members, chapters over response to George Floyd’s death
Religion News Service: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew has publicly apologized and said they realize they need to do more to combat systemic racism and white privilege in the organization and beyond. Others say it has a long way to go.

The Spark

The uncertain promises of indoor dining in New York City
The resumption of indoor dining* is a vexing milestone on New York City’s jagged path to recovery, The New Yorker says.

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