Around the Web (Part 2)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

The Right Preempts the Pope by Michael Sean Winters: “I have had my problems over the years with dissent against Church teaching when it came from the Left. But, I do not recall these kinds of organized, preemptive efforts to short-circuit papal teaching in advance of the arrival of that teaching.”

Boko Haram Just Committed Its Most Horrific Act of Terrorism Yet by Jessica Schulberg: “Locals say that militants razed 16 towns with petrol bombs and shot indiscriminately at civilians. As of Thursday, dozens of people are confirmed dead, 2,000 are missing, and an estimated 30,000 are displaced.”

Hip-Hop, My First Love by Olga Segura: “Hip-hop might be mistaken by many for loud, unintelligible songs dedicated to drugs, sex and violence. For my fellow ‘hip-hop heads’ and me, however, there is another side, the side that emphasizes solidarity, positivity, hope.”

Why ‘Big Marijuana’ must be stopped by Sheila Polk and Merilee Fowler: “Let’s be courageous leaders who put our youth first. Pull the brakes on this legalization train and keep our state on the right track. Where our children’s health and well-being begins, the ‘rights’ of the marijuana industry and pot smokers must end.”

After graduation, student hopes to take social justice work to the next level by Sr. Camille D’Arienzo: “I think the challenge that Catholicism poses is that you can never be settled until you rest in God. No amount of prayer, service, and Bible study will be enough. You cannot rest on your laurels or say you have done enough good or you were Catholic enough. There’s no right formula for a path to heaven. You have to take life one day at a time, one moment at a time. So for someone who is goal-oriented, that is frustrating but also enlightening. Because even when you fail, it will never be the end. You can always be forgiven and work to take another step forward.”

Don’t Give the Charlie Hebdo Attackers What They Want by Stephen Carter: “Many news organizations, in reporting on the Paris attacks, have made the decision not to show the cartoons that evidently motivated the attackers. This choice is sensibly prudent — who wants to wind up on a hit list? — but from the point of view of the terrorist, it furnishes evidence for the rationality of the action itself. Killing can be a useful weapon if it gets the killer more of what he wants.”

Ethiopia’s future cardinal hopes to inspire the young to serve the poor by CNS: “Ethiopia’s cardinal-designate has said that he hopes his story of serving the people in one of Africa’s poorest countries will inspire young people to do the same.”

What to watch for as Pope Francis takes Asia by storm by John Allen: “In Sri Lanka, the pope’s top note is likely to be harmony among religions, including the struggle against religious extremism. It’s keenly relevant in a country divided among Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and Christians, where memories of a bloody 30-year civil war that ended in 2009 are still fresh.”