Wednesday's News & Ideas - 8/28/2019

  • Black abuse victims
  • Co-working space in church
  • Evangelical political divide
  • German mass at Auschwitz
  • Patterson claims First Amendment
  • Palliative conversations

In Mississippi Delta, Catholic abuse cases for black victims settled on cheap
Religion News Service: In a Mississippi IHOP, a white official from the Franciscan religious order slid into a booth across from a 35-year-old black man and offered to pay him $15,000 to keep years of alleged abuse by another Franciscan secret.

Faith and freelancers: Why churches are turning into co-working spaces
The Guardian: Slick flexible working spaces are everywhere, but faith organizations offer a more basic service -- with some unconventional benefits.

Study shows increasing political divide between younger and older white Evangelicals
Sojourners: Immigration issues are the biggest dividing factor

German church hosts Maximilian Kolbe mass at Auschwitz
National Catholic Reporter: Marking the 80th anniversary of the German invasion of Poland (Sept. 1, 1939) and the beginning of World War II, the German Bishops Conference held a Mass this month at the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp honoring the legacy of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Paige Patterson claims First Amendment defense in abuse lawsuit
Baptist News Global: Former Southern Baptist statesman Paige Patterson claimed a religious liberty defense, while denying the bulk of allegations in a lawsuit over his handling of sex abuse claims.

The Spark

The meaning of silence in conversations about death
Could AI teach doctors when to stop talking? The Atlantic on palliative conversations.

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