For CNN, Kate Maltby writes, “Is it possible for the funeral of any great activist to reach across the aisle, and yet stake out a clear political legacy to its mourners?” Maltby compares the funerals of John McCain and Aretha Franklin, both of which included political resistance. She writes, “If McCain’s service was bipartisan, Franklin’s was explicitly Democratic. Regretting that ‘we’ lost Michigan by 11,000 votes in 2016, the Rev. Jesse Jackson lamented that the unregistered voters in black-majority Detroit could have swung the state.”
NBC’s Alexander Smith and Mushtaq Yusufzai report, “The founder of the Haqqani network, the group behind some of the bloodiest attacks against U.S. and NATO troops and civilians in Afghanistan, has died after a long illness, according to the Afghan Taliban.” Jalaluddin Haqqani worked with the U.S. in the 1980s to combat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan before organizing attacks against the Afghan and U.S. military. Smith and Yusufzai add, “Jalaluddin Haqqani’s son, Sirajuddin, currently is in charge of the Haqqani network and also serves as deputy leader of the Afghan Taliban.”
The Washington Post’s Antonio Olivo and Martin Weil report that a man identified as Brian Garfield yelled “shame on you” at Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Sunday, as the cardinal spoke about the sex abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church. Garfield, a lifelong Catholic, told CNN that he is angry about the findings of last month’s grand jury report from Pennsylvania, which documents child abuse by hundreds of priests over several decades. Olivo and Weil add, “Wuerl has faced escalating calls by Catholic survivors groups to resign – a push that grew more intense last week after a former Vatican ambassador to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, published a letter that accused Wuerl of knowing about alleged sexual misconduct committed by his predecessor in Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.”
Religion News Service’s Emily McFarlan Miller and Jack Jenkins report, “The White House hosted a dinner Monday night (Aug. 27) for about 100 evangelical Christian leaders and senior-level officials, honoring evangelicals, as one participant explained, ‘for all the good work they do.”’ President Trump spoke during the dinner, reminding Christian leaders to encourage their supporters to vote on Election Day in November. In a closing remark, the president said, “The support you’ve given me has been incredible, but I really don’t feel guilty because I have given you a lot back — just about everything I promised.”
For The New Yorker, Eliza Griswold writes about a shift among young, relatively progressive evangelicals, who are more conflicted about political conservatism than their parents’ generation. Griswold writes that, although many young conservative Christians remain pro-life, some have united around issues like police brutality, immigration reform, and climate change. Ekemini Uwan, a young black Christian woman, told Griswold, “If you’re weeping for the child who has been aborted, you should be weeping for Trayvon Martin and black mothers in Flint who are experiencing miscarriages as a result of lead poisoning.”
The Associated Press’ Nicole Winfield reports, “Pope Francis declined Sunday to confirm or deny claims by the Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States that he knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, but rehabilitated him anyway.” The pope underscored that journalists should judge the accuracy of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s claims for themselves. “I won’t say a word about it,” he told reporters aboard the papal plane. Winfield notes that Viganò, a hardline conservative, has a history of strained relations with the pope.
The New York Times’ Jason Horowitz reports, “On the final day of Pope Francis’ mission to Ireland, as he issued wrenching apologies for clerical sex abuse scandals, a former top Vatican diplomat claimed in a letter published on Sunday that the pope himself had joined top Vatican officials in covering up the abuses and called for his resignation.” The 7,000-word letter, authored by Carlo Maria Viganò, a vocal critic of Pope Francis, says the pope secretly sanctioned Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for allegations of sexual abuse. Horowitz adds that Viganò’s claims escalate the rift between the pope and more conservative Catholics who worry that the pope’s emphasis on social issues “dilute church doctrine and pose a mortal threat to the future of the faith.”
Religion News Service’s Adelle M. Banks reports that war hero and Arizona Republican Senator John McCain died Saturday at 81 after battling brain cancer. McCain, who attended a Southern Baptist megachurch at the end of his life, “embraced patriotism loudly and religion quietly,” Banks writes. Although the senator sometimes spoke about his reliance on prayer as both a prisoner of war and politician, “he tended to tell a story about a silent expression of belief in God.”
The New York Times‘ Elizabeth Dias reports from a Pittsburgh Catholic church that recently discovered why a beloved priest left their parish in 2003. In the grand jury report released last week, the church learned that “Father Crowley had been accused of sexual abuse, including of a minor, and the claim was found to be credible and substantiated.” She writes, “Across the country this week, Catholics reeled from the news that Pennsylvania priests had abused more than 1,000 children over decades, and that bishops largely hid their crimes from the public.”
CNN’s Daniel Burke and Jeremy Moorhead report that Congress should soon be getting its first member who is a Muslim woman. They write, “Tlaib, who beat a crowded field of Democrats to win Tuesday’s primary, will not face a Republican opponent in November’s general election. She can still be opposed by a write-in candidate, but would be the overwhelming favorite in the deeply Democratic district.” The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, she is one of more than 90 Muslims running for office this year.