Monday Mix: Kavanaugh, Tennessee church shooting, Baptist women, rainbow-banner burning


If you slept this weekend, developments in the fight over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, kept coming at a lightning speed.

The details are not for the squeamish. Click here and here if you dare. And here if you’re skeptical of the claims.

Want a religion angle on Kavanaugh? Here is a New York Times story and one from Religion News Service.

Now, on to the Monday Mix, which focuses on headlines and insights you might have missed from the weekend and late in the week.

The fine print: Just because we include a headline here doesn't mean we won't offer additional analysis in a different post, particularly if it's a major story. In fact, if you read a piece linked here and have questions or concerns that we might address, please don't hesitate to comment below or tweet us at @GetReligion. The goal here is to point at important news and say, "Hey, look at this."

Three weekend reads

1. "We get strength from being with each other, and we want this to be just a place of comfort, but will it ever be what it was?" The Tennessean’s Holly Meyer offers a one-year anniversary update on the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tenn.

That is the church where a gunman opened fire as the Sunday morning service was letting out a year ago, killing one woman and injuring seven other people, including the minister.

Meyers’ focus: how a renovation is helping the congregation heal.

2. "Seeing something as God’s divine order, there’s a clarity to that." Washington Post religion Julie Zauzmer visits Cajun Country and profiles the women of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Post’s #MeToo-era question:

What draws women to a religion that says men should be in charge?

3. "He’s got blood on his hands, just like the rest of the bishops, archbishops and cardinals.” In a front-page story, the Houston Chronicle reports that Cardinal Daniel DiNardo walks a fine line amid the Catholic clergy sex-abuse scandal.

The Chronicle notes:

Suddenly DiNardo, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the leader of Galveston-Houston’s 1.7 million Catholics, faced questions about his handling of sex abuse allegations not long after he had criticized the “grave moral failures of judgment on the part of church leaders” in responding to the broader scandal.

Also in the Mix

4. The Chicago priest who burned a rainbow banner (see GetReligion editor Terry Mattingly’s recent viral post for details) has been removed from office, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Tribune notes:

Days after it was revealed that the Rev. Paul Kalchik of Avondale’s Resurrection Catholic Church burned a rainbow banner that once hung in the church, Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, has removed him from his role as head of the North Side church.

“For some weeks now, I have become increasingly concerned about a number of issues at Resurrection Parish,” read a letter, signed by Cupich, to parishioners and staff at the church. “It has become clear to me that Fr. Kalchik must take time away from the parish to receive pastoral support so his needs can be assessed.”

5. For some “organ transplants,” you don’t go to the hospital.

You go to church.

The Washington Post has the story of how two Virginia churches found a home for a beloved instrument.

In case you missed it

6. As you may have noticed, tmatt never sleeps: He has three posts that you should catch from over the weekend.

Check out all three:

Beyond 'administrative' affairs: Do bishops realize that anger in pews puts them in crosshairs? (Tune that one in, since that is the new “Crossroads” podcast.)

That old media-bias question again: What will NPR call someone who performs abortions?

“Catholic crisis thinkers: What details change, when looking from the left and then the right?”

Question to start the week

7. Labels. Labels. Labels. For the sake of their own credibility, shouldn’t news organizations work harder to use them and explain them to readers?

Just asking:

Happy Monday, everybody!

Have a terrific week!

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