Tuesday's News & Ideas - 12/4/2019
- Abuse lawsuits could top $4B
- Amy Butler interview
- Boehner profile
- Trump as false idol
- Priest makes art battling AIDS
- Saturn’s moon rains gas
Surge of new abuse claims threatens church like never before
Associated Press: AP reporting found the deluge of suits could surpass anything the nation’s clergy sexual abuse crisis has seen before, with potentially more than 5,000 new cases and payouts topping $4 billion.
CNN: For a year, Catholics have pleaded for this bishop to resign. He finally did.
The double work of women in church leadership
Sojourners: Simran Jeet Singh talks to the Rev. Dr. Amy Butler about the glass ceiling.
John Boehner has no regrets
America: On the one hand, Mr. Boehner is a man who is pretty reluctant to discuss his faith. On the other hand, he is certain that God wanted him to be speaker, and he does not mind who knows it.
False idol -- why the Christian Right worships Donald Trump
Rolling Stone: Politics is a transactional game. What transactions don’t account for, however, is how white evangelicals seem alarmingly keen to not just vote for Trump but to also claim him as one of their own
How the AIDS epidemic turned a Catholic priest into an art activist*
Washington Post: The Rev. William Hart McNichols had one goal when he arrived in New York City in the early 1980s. He wanted to study art and become an illustrator of children’s religious books.
Go ahead, take a spin on Titan
Saturn’s biggest moon* has gasoline for rain, soot for snow and a subsurface ocean of ammonia, The New York Times says.
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