Opinion

With 9 new electors, Pope Francis remakes the college of cardinals

By Thomas Reese — October 25, 2020

(RNS) Over seven years, Pope Francis has gradually remade the college of cardinals, making it less European and more African and Asian.

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Pope Francis’ support for civil unions is a call to justice — and nothing new

By Steven P. Millies — October 22, 2020

(THE CONVERSATION) — The pontiff hasn’t changed church teaching on marriage in indicating support for same-sex civil unions. Rather, he is reminding Catholics they should be concerned about justice for all.

Jewish voters edge further away from Trump

By Mark Silk — October 22, 2020

(RNS) — Republican politicians — Trump above all — have failed to grasp that Israel policy has never had much impact on the voting behavior of American Jews.

How did voter access become a faith issue? The Bible told us so.

By Jim Wallis — October 22, 2020

(RNS) — Clergy are already working alongside lawyers at polling places, especially in ZIP codes with higher percentages of low-income people and people of color.

Amy Coney Barrett’s religion isn’t the problem. It’s her record.

By Sabrina E. Dent — October 21, 2020

(RNS) — Defending the Supreme Court nominee’s right to believe what she wishes obscures the question of her fairness and her qualifications, and assigns Barrett’s faith a legal deference it does not deserve.

The pandemic isn’t over, and misinformation can still be deadly

By Myal Greene — October 21, 2020

(RNS) — By engaging people of faith, we’ve defeated pandemics before. We can do it again.

Retired BYU professor denounces Donald Trump in viral video

By Jana Riess — October 21, 2020

Fox’s video outlines five reasons why he thinks Trump is a threat to America’s democratic principles. He does not mince words.

The hidden Jewishness of the Chicago 7

By Jeffrey Salkin — October 20, 2020

(RNS) — ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ on Netflix hints at the internal Jewish drama that played out in the trial of Abbie Hoffman and his accomplice, Jerry Rubin.

How QAnon uses satanic rhetoric to set up a narrative of ‘good vs. evil’

By Paul Thomas — October 20, 2020

(The Conversation) — QAnon’s conspiracy rhetoric goes beyond the level of ‘us versus them’ to a matter of cosmic good versus monstrous evil.

Dear Pope Francis, six reasons you should wear a mask

By Thomas Reese — October 20, 2020

(RNS) — Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, almost all the photos of Pope Francis have shown him without a mask. Here are six reasons he should change his ways.

Our church suspended in-person worship until 2021. This one question sealed the deal

By Andy Stanley — October 19, 2020

(RNS) — Decisions about when to reopen churches quickly became political and divisive when the pandemic hit. The answer depends on what questions we ask.

Religious identity and Supreme Court justices — a brief history

By Nomi Stolzenberg — October 19, 2020

(THE CONVERSATION) — Religion has always played a strong role in shaping the composition of the United States Supreme Court. The specific nature of that influence, however, has changed over time.

As political violence rises, we need peacemakers at the polls

By Jennifer Butler — October 16, 2020

(RNS) — Pastors can’t take a bloodless election for granted. But people of faith have unique power to keep the peace, now and in the long term.

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