Copy Desk Daily, Jan. 8, 2020

The Copy Desk Daily highlights recommended news and opinion articles that have crossed the copy editors' desks on their way to you: National Catholic Reporter, Global Sisters Report and EarthBeat (NCR's project on faith and climate change).

From our Grace on the Margins columnist Jamie L. Manson: Pope Francis may want to condemn violence against women, but my own experience of domestic violence showed me that sometimes church teaching only makes things worse. Read about how she arrived at this conclusion.

Scholar Peter C. Phan strongly recommends Pierre Hegy's book, Worship as Community Drama, especially to pastors and seminarians, saying, "Nothing less than the survival of the church is at stake." Read his review.

Sue Stanton: "Knitting has taught me about peace, the kind of peace that is intangible, but more real than a 20-foot-high concrete wall in Palestine, covered in the graffiti of despair and rage." Read more.

Conversely: We stand at the brink of war, and no one is exactly sure why. Read Michael Sean Winter's take.

Come back to peace with John Gehring, who shares what he learned from a retreat with Trappist monks. Read more.

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