Around the Web (Part 2)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Brittany Maynard’s Suffering by Michael Sean Winters: “No person filled with love can simply cease to exist. This is what we believe if we believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is why our hope in the resurrection is a sure hope.”

A Changed China Awaits Mr. Obama by Nicholas Kristof: “At home, he has overseen harsh repression of dissidents; activists who once were tolerated are now imprisoned. The brave lawyer Xu Zhiyong was this year sentenced to four years in prison, and China not only imprisons the Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo but also torments his wife, Liu Xia, with extrajudicial house arrest.”

Ex-Democratic Lawmaker: Anti-Catholic Bigotry Drove Me to the GOP by Mark Stricherz with Mark Miloscia: “I’m a social justice, anti-death penalty, seamless garment, pro-life Catholic.”

Co-opting Catholics by Nathan Schneider: “Msgr. John A. Ryan, once a prominent economist and moral theologian, praised cooperativism at length in his book Distributive Justice (1916). He saw it as an amalgam of the best impulses of socialism and capitalism, minus the worst. In the co-ops among poor farmers and workers that Ryan examined, he saw an antidote to the exploitation rampant under capitalism then and now.”

The Role of Beauty in Love by Samantha Schroeder: “Love is recognizing the beloved for himself: his intrinsic worth, his radical otherness. Personal love loves ‘because you are as you are.’”

A Mission of Faith: Ending Child Marriage by Katherine Marshall: “Ending child marriage is one of today’s most compelling human rights imperatives. Since religious leaders conduct marriages, teach about the virtues of marriage, counsel couples on what marriage entails, and host marriage ceremonies in sacred places, they have a unique ability, and thus a weighty responsibility, to support global efforts like Girls not Brides.”

Don’t forget the Nigerian schoolgirls, or girls’ education by Christy Vines: “With much of the world riveted on the atrocities occurring almost daily in the Middle East, we must not forget that intertwined in our efforts to rid the world of radical terrorists are people — in particular those most vulnerable to their activities and atrocities. We must remember what we are fighting radical terror for. The fate of that fight, and of the Chibok schoolgirls, may yet prove one and the same.”

Grandmother would frown on today’s Democrats by William Patenaude: “From her days working in mills, my grandmother disdained the powerful who suppressed the weak — who defined life and death however it benefited them. How tragic that the party she hoped would change all that has instead endorsed the very worldviews that she and her generation emphatically rejected.”

Hungary’s Authoritarian Descent by Kati Marton: “A once-promising democracy is rapidly sliding toward xenophobia and authoritarianism. Mr. Orban claims ever-greater powers, as the population sees its freedoms curtailed.What makes this extraordinary is that Hungary is a member of both NATO and the European Union — and blatantly defies the core values of both. Having announced that an “illiberal democracy” is his goal for Hungary, Mr. Orban defies the European Union, even though it accounts for 95 percent of Hungary’s public investments.”

What the Pope could do to defend religious freedom by John Allen: “The most easily identifiable and influential religious leader on the planet is the pope, so the burning question raised by what the report calls a ‘rising tide’ of religious intolerance becomes, ‘What can Francis do?’”