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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-Sharia-Texas: Texas abortion ban comparisons to Islamic law are innacurate and perpetuate Islamophobia, experts say
(RNS) — The comparisons to Islamic law after the Texas abortion ban took effect Wednesday (Sept. 1) are inaccurate and further perpetuate Islamophobia, experts say, adding that this rationale reduces the role of Christianity and other U.S. systems that led to this severely restrictive abortion ban in Texas. By Alejandra Molina. 750 words. (category: a) 

NEWS BRIEF
RNS-RedLetter-Guns: Faith leaders gather in Houston in response to gun violence
(RNS) — Change: A Faithful Response to Gun Violence, is an event that will be hosted by Red Letter Christians in Houston this weekend aimed at mobilizing a coalition of faith groups around gun violence. It takes place during what would have been the National Rifle Association’s 150th anniversary celebration in Houston, now cancelled due to COVID-19. By Kathryn Post. 545 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Rez-Abuse: In troubled ACNA church, alleged ‘spiritual hazing’ pressured members to conform
(RNS) — Former members of Church of the Resurrection, headquarters of the Upper Midwest Diocese in the ACNA, say they faced an authoritarian culture and “spiritual hazing.” “There is a kind of blind submission to authority present at Rez that, in my understanding of the broader Anglican world, is not standard,” said one former parishioner. By Kathryn Post. 2,000 words. (category: a)

NEWS STORY
RNS-Orthodox-Ad: ‘Unvaccinated people die!’ declare Orthodox rabbis in new video ad
(RNS) — A group of Orthodox rabbis in New York and Baltimore have released a series of direct and passionate black-and-white public service announcements encouraging Jews to get vaccinated for COVID-19. By Yonat Shimron. 500 words. (category: a)

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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-Lee-Oped: To address climate change, address gender inequity
(RNS) — The fact is much of Ida’s impact will fall on women, especially women living in poverty and women of color. It is true of nearly all of the increased disruptions — heat waves, fire weather, droughts, tropical cyclones, extreme rainfall and coastal flooding — of climate change. It is time for advocates to be more vocal about the effect of the climate crisis on women. By Elizabeth Chun Hye Lee. 810 words. (category: k)

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)