Do you want a hippopotamus for Christmas?
If so, enjoy the video.
If not, what request would you like me to pass along to Santa?
Meanwhile, let’s dive into the Friday Five:
1. Religion of the week: The investigation by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram into sex crimes in independent fundamental Baptist churches nationally is the must-read story.
For additional insight on that topic, check out Kate Shellnut’s coverage for Christianity Today.
2. Most popular GetReligion post: Editor Terry Mattingly’s analysis titled “Tale of two New York Times stories: Seeking links in ultimate anti-Pope Francis conspiracy” occupies the No. 1 spot.
His intro sets the scene nicely:
ts the scene nicely:
What we have here are two interesting stories, which appear to be connected by a bridge of New York Times paranoia. It’s that latest addition to a growing canon of work attempting to connect Donald Trump to a vast right-wing Catholic conspiracy to bring down the compassionate, progressive Pope Francis.