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Wednesday, November 18, 2015


- From Notre Dame's Candida Moss: Why Vatican arrests will backfire ... The speed with which whistleblowers were investigated and arrested contrasts with the glacial pace at which Vatican reforms take place and the mild punishments meted out to those accused of economic irresponsibility. The incident seems to suggest a pattern in which the church is more interested in punishing those who breach confidentiality than those who are financially corrupt.

- The Flourishing Black Market in Syrian Passports ... Two men—a dead suicide bomber and a man in a Serbian migrant center—carried the same Syrian passport with the same details.

- At Least 100,000 Women Have Attempted Self-Induced Abortions in Texas ... Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to review HB2’s constitutionality, and its decision could determine the future efficacy of Roe v. Wade. In the short term, if the court upholds the law, at least eight more Texas clinics stand to close, which will make matters much worse for women’s health in the state.

- Dalai Lama: Humans Created Terrorism, So Stop Praying To God For A Solution ... "I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it," the Nobel Peace Prize winner said. "It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place." Other religious leaders, like Pope Francis, have encouraged followers to join him in prayer after Friday's series of shootings and bombings that killed at least 129 people and injured more than 300.

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