Jack Jenkins

Jack Jenkins


National Reporter for @RNS. @HarvardDivinity & @PresbyCollege alum. I do religion. Also politics. Usually both. Tips: https://t.co/bklnVxcbSM

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Maybe the new thing they're referring to is Francis saying in a recent homily communion “is not the reward of saints, but the bread of sinners," although he's said variations of that for a long time? Anyway, context:

26. And remember: No matter what the USCCB does, each individual bishop still has the power to decide the communion question for their own diocese. The USCCB doesn't "run" the bishops. But politically speaking, a firm statement—even a contested one—could impact Biden/Dems.

28. Oh! And I forgot to mention: @AMBankstw  banks is *also* at the SBC meeting this week (my colleagues are apparently *everywhere*), and wrote a really helpful primer regarding proposed CRT statements:

Honest to Betsy it's impossible to keep track of my colleagues' work these days. There's just *so much* of it. Sometimes I think about trying to report on all of it when I was the lone religion reporter for an entire outlet, and immediately panic.

Since I was remiss and didn't mention it until the end of my thread: My colleague @AMBankstw  is *also* at the SBC meeting this week along with @bobsmietana , and you should follow them both if you wanna keep track of it all.

Wait, did the Vatican issue an *additional* warning, or is the head/lede of this story referring to when the Vatican watchdog called on US bishops to tap the breaks back on May 7? Really great quotes/analysis here, I'm just curious about the framing.

In case you were wondering if Biden went to church over the weekend despite being abroad: he did.

Look y’all it’s raining *a lot* in DC right now.

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ANOTHER harrowing account from ANOTHER priest working outside St. John’s who says they were run off by tear gas, etc before Trump’s photo op. Ends with a defiant decree: “I am now a force to be reckoned with.”

Just spoke with Rev. Gerbasi. She told me that law enforcement with shields forced priests, others *off the church patio,* meaning they stepped on church property to expel people from it. As she put it: "They turned holy ground into a battle ground." Story coming.

BREAKING: Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins, who was at the WH SCOTUS announcement on Saturday and was criticized for not wearing a mask and shaking hands, has tested positive for COVID-19. This was just sent out to the campus. Unclear if he had it during the WH event.

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1. Spoke w/Bishop Mariann Budde of the Washington Diocese. On Trump's remarks: "Everything he has said is antithetical to the teachings of our traditions and what we stand for as a church." ALSO: One of those driven out w/tear gas for the photo op was a *priest of the diocese.*

This story is absolutely horrific. And these two passage in particular are just…terrifying.

The pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in DC responds to the burning of the church’s Black Lives Matter sign last night by people who appeared to be affiliated with Proud Boys. “For me it was reminiscent of cross burnings.”

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Full story of the incident, including @GiniGerbasi 's account:

1. So I spoke to the head of the Federal Election Commission today. He told me the separation of church and state is a "fallacy," that Trump's 2017 EO allows faith leaders to endorse candidates, and that the 2020 election is a "spiritual war."

Found another account from what appears to be one of the priests who was there, via Facebook. Really harrowing stuff to read.

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2. She read me a message sent to her by that priest, who was offering hospitality to protesters: "I was literally coughing bc of tear gas while helping ppl ... and the police drove us off ... w/riot gear and horses so that man could stand in front of our church with a Bible."

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