Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Business training for priests
  • Green Christianity not happening
  • Millennial serpent handler
  • Hobby Lobby minefield
  • Pope asks forgiveness
  • Mercedes & food stamps

Not just theology: Catholic seminarians go to summer school to learn management skillsReligion News Service: Program at Villanova University aims to provide priests-in-training with some real-world grounding to the theological studies that dominate their course work.

The 'greening' of Christianity is not actually happeningPacific Standard: Despite two decades of preaching, self-identified Christians are hardly acting as stewards of the Earth.

Meet the millennial who is a serpent-handling pastorThe Week: The century-old religious practice is finding new, youthful legs in Appalachia.

'A minefield'Commonweal: It remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court has issued a narrow or sweeping decision with regard to the scope of religious exemptions from laws such as the Affordable Care Act.

Pope asks forgiveness from victims of sex abuseThe New York Times: Pope Francis used his first meeting with victims of clerical sexual abuse to offer his strongest condemnation of a crisis that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church.

The Spark

This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stampsAs Darlena Cunha drove her husband's 2003 Mercedes into the church parking lot, she still couldn't quite believe it. As she writes in The Washington Post, she wasn't going to pray or attend services. She was picking up food stamps. "This wasn't supposed to happen to people like me."

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