Tuesday's News & Ideas - 6/1/2021

  • Tulsa massacre mourning
  • Lentz abuse allegations
  • New Vatican law on abuse
  • Grave of 215 Indigenous children
  • Choirs return to singing
  • The ghost of a Vermont farmer

Hundreds gather at historic Tulsa church’s prayer wall
Politico: The event took place on the centennial of the first day of one of the deadliest racist massacres in the nation.
The New York Times: The haunting of Tulsa, Okla.*

Sex abuse allegations by Carl Lentz’s former nanny put spotlight on Hillsong culture
Religion News Service: The allegations, which Lentz denies, are the most recent chapter in a scandal that has caused turmoil in the global church.

Vatican law criminalizes abuse of adults by priests, laity
Associated Press: Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly criminalize the sexual abuse of adults by priests who abuse their authority and to say that laypeople who hold church office can be sanctioned for similar sex crimes.

Discovery of remains of 215 Indigenous children prompts grief and questions in Canada*
The Washington Post: The discovery has prompted renewed scrutiny of the Roman Catholic Church, which operated the Kamloops school from 1890 to 1969.

After its superspreader rehearsal, a community choir struggles to sing together again
NPR: Few activities spread COVID-19 as effectively as singing. It’s why choirs around the country have been practicing over Zoom or in parking lots for more than a year now. But as more people are vaccinated against, many choirs are eyeing a return to in-person singing.

The Spark

Goodbye to a Yankee farmer, the ghost of exit 8
In 1964, a Vermont farmer* burned himself and his farm, rather than surrender his land. His neighbors can’t let him go, The New York Times says.

*access is limited for nonsubscribers

Want to get News & Ideas in your inbox every weekday?
Subscribe to our
News & Ideas newsletter or receive our RSS feed in your RSS reader.