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Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Separation Anxiety by Anna Nussbaum Keating, America: “We spend our lives accruing honors trying to prove that we have value, when what truly makes us happy is to contribute to our communities in a meaningful way, to love and be loved.”

UN report on Vatican and sex abuse may hurt reform cause By John L. Allen: “Over the years, the Vatican sometimes has been accused of being spectacularly tone-deaf in its response to the abuse crisis, and God knows there’s merit to those perceptions. Now it may be the UN that’s off-key, restocking what had been the diminishing ammo of those inclined to defend the status quo.”

“Your brother’s blood cries out from the ground!” by Carol Glatz , CNS: “Pope Francis often holds up Cain’s cynical words and attitude of indifference as a rallying cry against the apathy and outright complicity shown in today’s world to the crime and horror of human trafficking. At least 21 million people have been forced into modern-day slavery and many of those were caught in the snares of traffickers. Some experts believe human trafficking will soon overtake drug and arms trafficking as the most lucrative criminal activity in the world.”

How to Spot a Paranoid Libertarian by Cass Sunstein: “As a general rule, paranoia isn’t a good foundation for public policy, even if it operates in freedom’s name.”

Nurture these attitudes to form basis of real love by James Sheridan: “Love that consists of caring, understanding, respect, appreciation, acceptance and trust needs to be intentionally nurtured by married couples. Husbands and wives bring different perspectives, different histories, and different attitudes to a marriage. They have a great deal to learn from and give to each other.”

Pope says relativistic ideas of marriage lead to divorce by Francis X. Rocca: “Pope Francis said contemporary ideas of marriage as an arrangement defined by personal needs promote a mentality of divorce, and he called for better preparation of engaged couples as well as ministry to Catholics whose marriages have failed.”

Farm bill hurts hungry Americans by John Stoehr: “With this bill, the Republicans have said loudly that corporations with billions in revenue are more important than children.”

Woody Allen, nihilist by Damon Linker: “There is no justice. From Plato’s sociopathic sophists to Friedrich Nietzsche’s ambition to ‘sail right over our morality,’ this has been the conviction and the insight of the nihilist. These are Woody Allen’s philosophical compatriots.”

Elizabeth Warren To Obama: Stop Putting Forward So Many Corporate Judicial Nominees by Jennifer Bendery: “Seventy-one percent of his nominees have practiced primarily for corporate or business clients, which means that among Obama’s judicial picks over the last five years, corporate attorneys outnumber all other kinds of attorneys by three to one.”

Saint Josephine Bakhita, Witness of Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking by Cardinal Donald Wuerl: “Our Catholic teachings on social justice, human rights and the God-given dignity of all human life offer a moral and philosophical foundation for confronting the modern evil of human trafficking.”