Wednesday's News & Ideas

  • Lent is here
  • Gay marriage support up
  • Francis' interview
  • Downtown church fights to survive
  • Sister who spoke out
  • Why you forgot

Good news! You're a sinner and Lent is hereOn Faith: During the season of Lent, Christians are reminded of their sin. That makes it the most wonderful time of the year, Will Willimon says.

Support for same-sex marriage hits new high; half say Constitution guarantees rightWashington Post: Half of all Americans believe that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Francis marks anniversary with interview on sex abuse, women, contraceptionNational Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis gives wide-ranging interview touching on his views on a host of topics.

Historic Methodist church fights to survive in downtown St. PetersburgTampa Bay Times: After 123 years downtown, Christ United Methodist Church refuses to fade away.

We know better now. But didn't anyone know better then?Commonweal: At least one person did. Her name is Sr. Peg Ivers, and she sounds like a saint.

The Spark

For memory, hearing is worse than seeing or feelingIt's not that you weren't listening when your mom/partner/roommate asked you to pick up more toilet paper on the way home. You just forgot. New research suggests that those moments are particularly human, the Atlantic reports. People's memory for things they hear is just not that great.

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