Around the Web

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Paid Paternity Leave Saved My Family by Aaron Gouveia: “Paternity leave is not only good for families, it’s good for business. Hopefully America will follow the lead of so many other countries, and start offering mandatory paid leave for mothers and fathers. But trust me – it’s not a vacation.”

Sudan’s Silent Suffering Is Getting Worse by George Clooney and John Prendergast: “Over the last decade, US taxpayers have contributed billions of dollars to Sudan for humanitarian Band-Aids and for peacekeepers in a land where there is no peace. A small investment in preventive diplomacy and forensic investigations could yield massive savings and help cool the deadliest fire in the world, a fire only those caught in the flames knew was still burning.”

An adviser to Pope Francis says Catholicism is incompatible with libertarianism. He’s right. by Elizabeth Stoker: “The state may be a tool, but the way it shapes property distribution — to either care for the poor, ill, and those in need or to ignore them — is absolutely subject to moral inquiry.”

The Holy Spirit and the Beatitudes: “Blessed” Are We? by Katharine Mahon: “We might not all of us be called to be the meek, we might not all of us suffer persecution for the sake of righteousness, we might not be poor (in spirit or otherwise), but we are all called by Christ to work with the Spirit for the coming of God’s Kingdom of peace, justice, and mercy in the here and the now.”

“What’s In a Name?”: Pentecost, Solidarity, & the Discernment of Spirits by Christine McCarthy: “Solidarity is both a personal and social virtue that can only develop if we have named the other as having an inviolable dignity equal to and, in fact, indelibly connected to our own.”

Response to Cardinal Dolan by Morning’s Minion, Vox Nova: “I will end where I began—with the fundamental anthropological distinction between how Catholics and libertarians view markets. For the latter, self-interest is a virtue, as it leads to more effective and efficient outcomes. But for the former, service is the starting point. A humane economy that supports human flourishing is an economy of communion, linked by the iron-clad bonds of reciprocity; not an economy of autonomy, linked only by the ephemeral grip of the invisible hand.”

Authoritarian regimes are changing how the world defines democracy by Christopher Walker: “Today’s leading authoritarian regimes are turning ‘containment’ on its head, using massive resources and coordinated political efforts to chip away at the rules-based institutions that have served as the glue for the post-Cold War liberal order, while checking the reform ambitions of aspiring democracies and reshaping the way the world thinks about democracy.”