RNS Morning Report: Pope's Anti-Nuke Message; George Clements Dies; BYU-Idaho Medicaid Decision

Pope Francis shakes hands with Matsuki Kamoshita as he meets with victims of the March 11, 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in northern Japan, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Jae Hong)

Need to know: Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Growing Opposition

Japan’s anti-nuke bishops, hipsters garner support from Pope Francis

Members of this country’s small but vocal opposition to the government’s nuclear energy policy took heart Monday (Nov. 25) from Pope Francis’ last speech of his visit to Asia. More from Religion News Service

'A Pioneer for Justice'

George Clements, Chicago priest known for adopting sons, dies at 87

The Rev. George Clements, a civil rights activist whose life was turned into a made-for-TV movie after he became the first Catholic priest to adopt a child, died Monday (Nov. 25) at age 87. More from Religion News Service

Reversal and Apology

BYU-Idaho reverses decision on Medicaid coverage amid backlash

An Idaho college affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reversed its decision not to accept Medicaid coverage. More from Religion News Service

Possible Title VI Violation

UNC resolves Education Department complaint over anti-Semitism at Gaza conference

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the U.S. Department of Education have resolved a complaint stemming from a campus conference on Gaza earlier this year. More from Religion News Service

Articles of Faith

How colonialism still colors our ideas about who gets to teach religion

Where we stand in relation to religious traditions does not preclude our ability to study them, writes Simran Jeet Singh. More from Religion News Service

Restorative Justice

West Virginia bishop calls for predecessor, accused of sex and financial misconduct, to pay $792,000 in restitution and to apologize

West Virginia’s new bishop Tuesday called for his predecessor, Michael Bransfield, to pay the diocese a fee, apologize to victims and to the diocese, and lose his place in the diocesan cemetery as part of a restitution package for alleged financial and sexual misconduct that some church experts say is a first for a bishop. More from The Washington Post🔒