RNS Updated Budget — Wednesday, February 19, 2020

RNS-Black-Priest: Play about first African American priest in US highlights current issues
PASADENA, Calif. (RNS) — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles hosted the play, "Tolton: From Slave to Priest,” in a number of parishes in the region during Black History Month. The one-man, multimedia performance is still relevant to today's issues. Although the Archdiocese of Los Angeles — which hosts Masses in more than 40 languages — has been lauded for its diversity, it has only ordained one U.S.-born African American priest in its more than 80-year history. By Alejandra Molina. 817 words. (category: a)

RNS-WhiteChristian-Democrat: Democrats lost white Christians. Can they win them back?
(RNS) — Political scientists say majorities of white Christians backing Republicans is a recent phenomenon fueled by a complex mix of religion, identity and race — and may cause problems for Democrats come November. By Jack Jenkins. 1,245 words. (category: a)

RNS-Census-Faith: Census plans feature faith, and fear, say leaders at interreligious summit
WASHINGTON (RNS) — As the once-a-decade count of Americans nears, U.S. Census officials brought faith leaders together to talk about their role in getting congregants across the country to participate. By Adelle M. Banks. 900 words. (category: c)

RNS-Riess-Oped: Who rescued whom?
(RNS) — It’s hard to see much of God in the lives that some pets live before they find caring owners. But there is much of God in the redeemers who save abused and abandoned dogs, and in watching them learn to trust again. By Jana Riess. 1,050 words. (category: k)

RNS-Salkin-Oped: Memo to Democrats: forget the purity game!
(RNS) — Politics isn't the book of Leviticus. It is more like the Talmud — a ceaseless conversation, filled with controversy and compromises. Rather than bogging down in analyzing every possible candidate to death, magnifying their many foibles and quashing the party's hopes in November, Democrats need to accept that no candidate is perfect. By Jeffrey Salkin. 827 words. (category: k)

RNS-Reese-Oped: Netflix’s 'Messiah' is not my Jesus
(RNS) — Given the choice of good television or good theology, I suppose Netflix has only one way to go. Which is what makes the streaming service's new show “Messiah,” about the the return of Jesus in modern day, so captivating yet disappointing. By Thomas Reese. 700 words. (category: k)

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