Tuesday's News & Ideas - 2/18/2020
- Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy
- Cathedral light show
- China criminalizing Muslim faith
- Vatican & China meet
- Catholics fail to adapt in Brazil
- Black history misunderstood
Facing a wave of sex-abuse claims, Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy*
New York Times: The nonprofit group, which counts more than two million youth participants, follows Catholic dioceses and U.S.A. Gymnastics in seeking bankruptcy protection amid sex-abuse cases.
Cathedral light show is drawing those who normally don’t darken church doors
Religion News Service: The Washington National Cathedral’s “Space, Light and Sound” sessions drew more than 2,000 people of several faiths, as well as the nonreligious and unaffiliated.
Newly released database shows how China criminalized Muslim faith
Associated Press: The information offers the fullest view yet into how Chinese officials decided who to put into and let out of detention camps.
Vatican and Chinese foreign ministers meet for first time in over 50 years
America: It appears to be the highest-level meeting between the two sides since the communists came to power in China in October 1949.
As Brazil drifts away from Catholicism, the church remains rigid*
LA Times: The church’s status in the Amazon region is precarious. Catholics in isolated areas go months or even years without attending Mass, while evangelical churches are moving into the interior of the country with the outreach strategies that have brought them extraordinary success elsewhere.
6 myths about the history of Black people in America
Six historians weigh in on Black history’s biggest misconceptions at Vox, including the Tuskegee experiment and enslaved people’s finances.
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