Wednesday's News & Ideas - 1/13/2021

  • Can Biden’s faith help heal?
  • Moore urges SBC on Trump
  • Death penalty in US
  • Shepherd of Juarez
  • Activist on prisoner release
  • Stages of herd immunity

Joe Biden’s Catholicism is all about healing. Now, he will lead a suffering America.*
The Washington Post: Joe Biden promised to heal America’s hurting soul. His experiences with suffering and healing were well known, including the deaths of his wife and two of his children, his struggle against stuttering and many political losses. On a bigger stage than ever, Biden was trying to show the country how he did it.

Russell Moore tells Southern Baptists Trump should be removed
Sojourners: Russell Moore has called for President Donald Trump to be removed from office, saying that he is willing to lose his position as president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention in doing so.

When an I.Q. score is a death sentence*
The New York Times: The Supreme Court declared it was unconstitutional to execute intellectually disabled people. On Thursday, we’re set to do it anyway.
BBC: Lisa Montgomery: US executes only woman on federal death row (trigger warning: sexual abuse)

The shepherd of Juarez
Deseret News: In one of the world’s deadliest cities, ravaged by the pandemic, Pastor Jose Antonio Galvan runs a 25-year experiment in mercy and radical empathy.

On his way to prison, Catholic activist advocates for COVID-19 prisoner release
Religion News Service: Patrick O’Neill will report to a federal prison Thursday for breaking into a nuclear submarine base to protest nuclear arms. Now he’s advocating for prisoner safety during a pandemic.

The Spark

Once you and your friends are vaccinated, can you quit social distancing?
Expect life to return to normal in 3 stages -- not all at once, Vox says.

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