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Monday’s Religion News Roundup: Sinful St. Louis * Francis for Pope! * Mormon Doubts

Our pal Laurie Goodstein at the NYT profiles Mormons who go online searching for answers and end up finding doubt instead.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia makes the curious claim that unelected judges can lead to … the Holocaust?

There’s an interesting comment thread on Lauren Markoe’s Q&A with Cameron Partridge, a transgender Episcopal chaplain at BU.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tell evangelical kingmakers in — surprise, surprise! — Iowa that the nation needs spiritual renewal.

Maybe Cruz and Paul can help evangelicals push immigration through the more conservative House. Then again, maybe not.

Three weeks after losing his son to suicide, megachurch pastor Rick Warren returns to the pulpit next weekend with a sermon series on “How to get through what you’re going through.”

Apparently what happens in Vegas doesn’t actually stay in Vegas: The new Sin City is, of all places, St. Louis.

Speaking of St. Louis, the Missouri-Synod Lutherans are meeting in their hometown this week, and delegates’ materials say it would be “counterproductive” to get bogged down in a debate after the “debacle” over interfaith prayer in Newtown, Conn.

Episcopal blogger Kendall Harmon asks readers how many Anglicans it takes to change a light bulb. My favorite: “Three—one to hold the ladder, one to change the lightbulb and one to mix the Martinis.”

A group of California rabbis has decided not to grant kosher certification to personal lubricant, after all. “The intended uses of these items as now revealed, was misunderstood,” they say. Ahem.  More details than you probably want here.

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About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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