“American Kompromat” by Craig Unger

The first book I reviewed for Publishers Weekly was about Opus Dei. My editor was worried that it might be anti-Catholic. The great thing about PW is they made you document everything you said with quotes from the book, so it was easy to reassure him.— Paul Rosenberg (@PaulHRosenberg) January 28, 2021 Ex-KGB agent says …

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EXCLUSIVE: Leaked transcript shows NY church’s attempt to block Child Victims Act – ABC News

In a meeting with church leaders, Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s settlement program administrator outlined the politics of reconciliation. — Read on abcnews.go.com/amp/US/exclusive-leaked-transcript-shows-ny-churchs-attempt-block/story

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church got $4.4 million in federal PPP loans – HoustonChronicle.com

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church and other large Houston congregations were among those who received multi-million dollar loans as part of the federal government’s COVID-19 stimulus package known as PPP. — Read on http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/religion/article/Joel-Osteen-s-Lakewood-Church-got-4-4M-in-15800887.php They want to receive tax-funded, government loans, but they don't want to be taxed. Seems like they fulfill their own welfare socialism …

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Titles are for Society, not Faith Community

Lots on the use of titles this week & I think Quakers' continued rejection of them is naïve. It just allows those with the most privilege (e.g. white/male/middle class) to function as normal, while preventing others from challenging prejudiced assumptions about their credibility.— Madeleine Pennington (@mlmpennington) December 15, 2020 Early Quakers knew this & decided …

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The Theocratic Monarchy Bullet that Grazed the USA

If this seems inconceivable to you, simply look at what Trump did to religious “freedom,” bail outs of big corps, pandemic non-response, public school, postal service, and promised to do to Social Security & Medicare but never making a federal health care plan to replace ACA.— Lamb’s Harbinger (@LambsHarbinger) December 14, 2020 Paleo-Conservatism is what …

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‘Proud Boys’ burn Black Lives Matter signs at churches in Washington

WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'For me it was reminiscent of cross burnings,' said the Rev. Ianther M. Mills, pastor of a church whose Black Lives Matter sign was burned. — Read on religionnews.com/2020/12/13/proud-boys-burn-black-lives-matter-signs-at-churches-in-washington/ Trump & Barr's goons tear gassing clergy away from St. John's Episcopal Church on Lafayette Park across from the White House so he could …

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DOJ probe of Catholic church abuse goes quiet 2 years later – ABC News

Two years ago, the U.S. attorney in Philadelphia joined the long line of ambitious prosecutors investigating the Roman Catholic church’s handling of priest-abuse complaints — Read on abcnews.go.com/amp/Business/wireStory/doj-probe-catholic-church-abuse-quiet-years-74700035

Eric Metaxas and the losing of the evangelical mind

(RNS) — Christians can’t wait for the sociologists to sort out why our fellow congregants believe in ‘Q’ or that Trump won the election. We need a strategy to restore a few basic truths. — Read on religionnews.com/2020/12/01/eric-metaxas-and-the-losing-of-the-evangelical-mind/

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Thread by @RNS: . @AP has called the #election for @JoeBiden. Be sure to read our piece here: Joe Biden’s Catholic politics are complicated, but deeply American. religionnews.com/2020/08/16/joe… @AP @JoeBiden Be sur...… — Read on threadreaderapp.com/thread/1325113805416898563.html