Monday Mix: 'SNL' forgiveness, hate list scrutiny, abuse vote delay, grieving California, Pittsburgh guns

Religion? Maybe.

Redemption and repentance? You bet.

If you somehow missed it, you must watch Pete Davidson’s “Saturday Night Live” apology to Dan Crenshaw and Crenshaw’s gracious acceptance of it. It was the talk of Veterans Day weekend, and rightly so.

Welcome to another edition of the Monday Mix, where we focus on headlines and insights you might have missed from the weekend and late in the week.

The fine print: Just because we include a headline here doesn't mean we won't offer additional analysis in a different post, particularly if it's a major story. In fact, if you read a piece linked here and have questions or concerns that we might address, please don't hesitate to comment below or tweet us at @GetReligion. The goal here is to point at important news and say, "Hey, look at this."

Three weekend reads

1. “We and others like us who are on this ‘hate map’ believe that this is very reckless behavior. … The only thing that we have in common is that we are all conservative organizations.”

The Washington Post Magazine takes a deep dive into “The State of Hate.”

The big question (and one that we’ve asked repeatedly at GetReligion) that the story tackles:

Researchers at the Southern Poverty Law Center have set themselves up as the ultimate judges of hate in America. But are they judging fairly?

2. “What we see here is the Vatican again trying to suppress even modest progress by the U.S. bishops. We’re seeing where the problem lies, which is with the Vatican.”

Breaking news this morning: Pope Francis has asked U.S. Catholic bishops gathered in Baltimore not to vote on any proposals related to the sexual abuse scandals rocked the church, as Washington Post religion writers Julie Zauzmer and Michelle Boorstein report.

From the Post’s report:

The pope does not want U.S. bishops to act to address bishops' accountability on sexual abuse until he leads a worldwide meeting of church leaders in February, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, told the gathered bishops as the meeting opened Monday morning.

“At the insistence of the Holy See, we will not be voting on the two action items,” DiNardo said. He said he was “disappointed” by the pope’s directive.

3. “This is when we don’t let fear have its way. Instead we love.”

The Los Angeles Times reports on people flocking to church services on the Sunday after double tragedy — a mass shooting and deadly wildfires — struck Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Also,“God Girl” Cathleen Falsani reports for Religion News Service on “the litany of prayers offered by grieving students, faculty, friends and family who packed the chapel at California Lutheran University Thursday night, not quite 24 hours after a mass shooting in a nearby country and western bar claimed the lives of a dozen people, including 2018 Cal Lutheran graduate Justin Meek.”

In related coverage, the Arizona Republic reports from Thousand Oaks on survivors of the California wildfires and mass shooting turning to faith to heal.

Also in the Mix

4. As Pittsburgh reels from the Tree of Life synagogue massacre, Mayor Bill Peduto is talking with the city council about legislation that would address certain powerful firearms, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

5. A Wyoming newspaper has a touching Veterans Day piece on a veteran's passing evoking memories of his service, faith and family devotion.

In case you missed it

6. Here are some GetReligion posts that you might have missed over the weekend:

• The latest “Crossroads” podcast is out: Ballot-box religion ghost for 2018? U.S. Senate races plus Supreme Court heat equals ... (by Terry Mattingly)

It's a new fact of news life: Reporters have to start reading the alternative Catholic press (by Clemente Lisi)

What are the odds of this Catholic clergy abuse study receiving some elite ink? (by tmatt)

Lucy McBath's victory: Press still hasn't noticed this is a Democrat who believes in God (by Julia Duin)

Question to start the week

7. Do you believe in the God of the Bible? How you answer might give a clue as to your political leaning.

According to the Pew Research Center, Republicans are more likely to answer yes than Democrats.

If you have any feedback, by all means, reply below or tweet us at @GetReligion.

Happy Monday, everybody. Have a terrific week.

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