RNS Morning Report: Pope Names 13 New Cardinals; SBC Leaders Hear Criticism; Pastor Ma …

Pope Francis arrives for a consistory inside St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Pope Francis has chosen 13 men he admires and whose sympathies align with his to become the Catholic Church’s newest cardinals. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Need to know: Monday, October 7, 2019

Balance of Power

Pope names 13 new cardinals, cements majority vote and the power to reshape the Church

With the creation of these new Catholic princes who share Francis’ emphasis on a missional and evangelizing church, Francis has now named a total of 91 new cardinals, and more than 52% of the voting cardinals. More from Religion News Service

Confronting Past Failures

At Caring Well conference, SBC leaders hear criticism of abuse response

The Caring Well conference on sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention devoted its second and third days to hearing from critics of the denomination's response to victims.  More from Religion News Service

Gospel Titan

After 30 years leading church, Marvin Winans still says ‘music is what I do’

Though officially retired from singing, Winans’ musical expertise was on display for a national audience at the start of the July Democratic presidential candidate debate. More from Religion News Service

Possible Misconduct

Watchdog files complaint after judge gave Bible to Botham Jean murderer

'It is perfectly acceptable for private citizens to express their religious beliefs in court, but the rules are different for those acting in a governmental role,' said Freedom from Religion Foundation. More from Religion News Service


How a courtroom ritual of forgiveness absolves white America

American religion needs black (and native) forgiveness in order to keep the national fantasy of civil society, which is antiblack, alive, writes J. Kameron Carter. More from Religion News Service

Oversight Questions

1,700 Catholic priests accused of child sex abuse reportedly living freely in U.S.

A recent investigation from the Associated Press found that hundreds of accused priests are now working as teachers, nurses and even counselors for sexual assault survivors. More from Huffpost




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