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Market Assumptions by Bishop Robert McElroy: “Unless structural economic reforms are undertaken to remedy existing obstacles to greater employment, the cycle of economic and social exclusion that is at the center of the pope’s challenge to existing economies will only increase.”

Party Favors by John Carr: “Catholics with Pope Francis’ priority for the poor and vulnerable may find themselves politically homeless—comfortable with neither Republican economic individualism, which measures everything by the market, nor with Democratic cultural individualism, which celebrates personal ‘choice’ above all else. Neither form of libertarianism leaves enough room for the weak and vulnerable or the common good.”

We should not wash our hands of the right to vote by Allison Walter: “To be a Catholic is also to vote. We have the moral obligation to participate fully in the public life and to look out for the common good. We cannot wash our hands of this.”

The Synod: What Does It Mean? Part I by Michael Sean Winters: “The objective here – Christ’s objective that is – is the salvation of souls. Moral teachings assist that goal and when those teachings are presented in a way that they alienate people, they have failed in their primary pastoral objective. Of course, this does not mean we can just all make nice, sing a round of Kumbaya and go home. The prophets were not shy in calling their people to account for their sins. But, whenever I see someone, on the left or the right, cloak their own utterances with the mantle of prophecy, I cringe. God chooses His own prophets.”

‘The Church must welcome all of her sons and daughters’ by Archbishop Wilton Gregory: “Their parents then spoke of the hostile environment that many of them encountered from the Church. The language that the Church uses in speaking of their sexual orientation is often unwelcoming and condemnatory. These parents said repeatedly that their children do not feel welcome in the faith of the Church in which they were raised. I assured them that the Church must welcome all of her sons and daughters—no matter what their sexual orientation or life situation might be—and that we have not always done so with a spirit of compassion and understanding.”

Cardinal in Ukraine serves as conscience of the nation by Inés San Martín: “Catholics have long been among the social actors in Ukraine supporting a less subservient position to Russia. With more than 5 million faithful, Greek Catholics represent less than 15 percent of the total national population of 45 million. Nevertheless, it’s perceived as the most important organization in civil society in terms of political leadership and social programs.”

Putin’s Coup by Ben Judah: “The war in Ukraine is no longer only about Ukraine. The conflict has transformed Russia. This increasingly is what European leaders and diplomats believe: that Vladimir Putin and his security establishment have used the fog of war in Ukraine to shroud the final establishment of his brittle imperialist dictatorship in Moscow.”

Let’s Synchronize the Work and School Day by Ashley McGuire: “Some countries, such as France, offer universal preschool beginning as early as three years old and free or highly subsidized daycare year-round. Such programs merit serious consideration. But as a first step, our schools should start later, end later, and consider running year round with longer breaks around holidays.”

What We’ve Learned from Listening to the People by Amber and David Lapp: “For the 43 percent of high-school-educated Americans who say that marriage has not worked out for most people they know, what they most need is not just words alone—though words and attitudes are important—but words backed by the credibility of marriages that do work out, the credibility of marriages that are marked by perseverance joined with an ever deepening love. Young people want to believe in marriage again, but they need to see good marriages to restore their trust.”

Francis 101 by Helen Alvaré: “I am reminded forcefully, in light of the sign of Pope Francis, that I have to query my choices about time and money and the stuff I buy. Are they an invitation to relationship or a barrier? Do they empower service or prevent it? Do they keep the poor in mind?”

The Working Nation by David Brooks: “The labor force participation rate is at its lowest in decades. Millions are in part-time or low-wage jobs that don’t come close to fulfilling their capacities. Millions more are in dysfunctional or unhealthy workplaces, but they don’t feel they can leave because they don’t think there are other jobs out there that pay the same amount.The country is palpably in the middle of some sort of emotional recession. Yet over the past five years, the political class has done essentially nothing. That will fill future generations with astonishment and should fill the current generation with rage.”

Philippine cardinal hopes synod debate goes beyond Communion question by Cindy Wooden: “The separation of married couples is a huge issue in the Philippines and other parts of Asia, not because of divorce but because poverty pushes couples to separate in search of jobs abroad, said Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila.”

Labor Secretary Says U.S. Record On Paid Parental Leave Is ‘Dismal’ by Dave Jamieson: “In a wide-ranging and progressive speech on jobs, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more ‘shared prosperity’ in the U.S. economy lies in a higher minimum wage, paid family leave for workers and stronger union density in the private sector.”

Schönborn: Get rid of ‘tunnel view’ when it comes to discussion of families by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt: “Because young couples frequently cohabit nowadays, Pope Francis had suggested accompanying such couples and encouraging what was promising and valuable in their relationships in the hope that it would lead to marriage, Schönborn said.”

The Synod’s Real Success by Kim Daniels: “New language regarding two contentious issues — communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, and the Church’s approach toward gay people — did not achieve consensus support from the bishops, and will no doubt continue to be at the center of this conversation. Faithful Catholics — experienced pastors, theologians, lay people, canonists — should bring their various perspectives to this discussion, as that can only enrich it.”

U.S. income inequality is bad, but wealth inequality is a bigger problem by Michael Hiltzik: “Wealth inequality is also an artifact of income inequality; the two trends work together to magnify the former. As the bottom 90% struggle to make ends meet on stagnant incomes, they’re unable to accumulate savings.”