Around the Web (Part 1)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

A Challenge for Christians to Cooperate by Ambassador Thomas Melady, former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See: “Our Catholic hierarchy needs to seize this opportunity and make a stand. We as a Church need to invite the leadership of the Christian Orthodox and Protestant Churches to join us in a strong attack on poverty. This is not an issue that concerns only Catholics. Christians of all denominations have an equal obligation to uphold the principles of our common faith. Let us reduce poverty by a significant degree before the end of this decade through a combined effort.”

Hurricane Heading Towards Africa by Bishop Robert Lynch: “I am convinced that many so called Pro-Life groups are not really pro-life but merely anti-abortion. We heard nothing from the heavy hitters in the prolife movement in the last week when Florida last night executed a man on death row for 34 years having been diagnosed as a severe schizophrenic. Which personality did the state execute? Many priests grow weary of continual calls to action for legislative support for abortion and contraception related issues but nothing for immigration reform, food aid, and capital punishment. And, this is a big one, priests don’t like unfair attacks on things they highly value and esteem, like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services.”

Taken by Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker: “Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes. Is that all we’re losing?”

A plea for common sense and compassion in the immigration debate by Sister Mary Ann Walsh: “Each day we see the human consequences of an immigration system. Families are separated; migrants exploited by unscrupulous employers and smugglers; and human beings, desperate to survive, perish in the American desert.  Moreover, as our nation benefits from the work of undocumented workers, we do not extend them basic workplace or legal protections and at the same time scapegoat them for our social ills.”

First Colbert, now memoir for ‘A Nun on the Bus,’ Simone Campbell by Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post: “HarperOne – Harper’s faith imprint – announced Thursday that next April they’ll publish ‘A Nun on the Bus,’ named after the widely watched national bus tour Campbell and other sisters launched last year to oppose Paul Ryan’s budget plan.

7 Questions: Ending the Death Penalty by Michael O’Loughlin with Karen Clifton: “People have usually not thought about the death penalty and often they don’t know the facts. If you give them the facts about cost, then they are often open to hearing the moral arguments as well. They often don’t know that execution can cost three times more than a life sentence in the highest level security prison, that poverty plays a major role in who gets the death penalty, as people with money do not sit on death row, that it’s racially biased, that one-third of all executions come from only 15 counties in the US, that there is a high probability of executing an innocent person. Once people hear this, they are open to hearing the moral arguments about a flawed system playing God, the lack of redemption, and the dignity of human life.”

That annoying, really hurtful person in your life by Matthew Warner, The Radical Life: “The friend who is totally oblivious to your pain. The parent who just doesn’t get it. The family member who seems deliberately insensitive to others. The co-worker who enjoys being rude to you. The person who obnoxiously loves the politician you despise. The Facebook friend who stands against absolutely everything you believe in. The group doing everything to stop what you love most…They are all fighting a great battle.”

A gentle approach to nation building by Thomas Mengler, for the Express-News: “It’s challenging for a visitor like me to envision how the nation of Haiti can ever rise again. In my trip to Haiti, however, I watched Catholic Relief Services — through its charitable and life-giving embrace — bring hope and joy to thousands of men, women and children.”

Migration and Structural Violence  Posted by Emily Reimer-Barry, Catholic Moral Theology: “Migration of peoples is not a new phenomenon but it is a complex one. So too is the ethical task of naming the ‘problem’ correctly so that we can come to the best possible solutions.”