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RNS Opening Budget — Friday, September 3, 2021

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was arraigned Friday morning in Massachusetts, where the defrocked prelate faces criminal charges of sexually abusing a 16-year-old child in 1974. […]

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NEWS BRIEF
RNS-McCarrick-Arraignment: Defrocked prelate Theodore McCarrick arraigned for child sex abuse charges
(RNS) — Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick was arraigned Friday morning in Massachusetts, where the defrocked prelate faces criminal charges of sexually abusing a 16-year-old child in 1974. By Jack Jenkins. 366 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY:
RNS-Texas-ReligiousFreedom: Some faith groups laud Texas abortion ban, others cite religious freedom concerns
(RNS) — Religious groups and faith leaders are speaking out about a new Texas law that severely restricts abortions, with some celebrating its passage and others arguing it violates their religious freedom to counsel and aid those who wish to have the procedure. By Jack Jenkins. 1400 words. (category: a)

COMMENTARY
RNS-Currie-Oped: The Proud Boys came to Portland. Here is what I saw.
(RNS) — As a minister in the United Church of Christ, I was particularly interested in how the Proud Boys used their rally to promote Christian nationalism. Jesus was not meek, a speaker told the crowd, trying to draw a parallel between Jesus and the tough-guy Proud Boys. “Trust Jesus” was an oft-repeated phrase at the rally (and also emblazoned on sweatshirts). By Chuck Currie. 874 words. (category: k)