Around the Web (Part 1)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Pope Francis Rattles U.S. Conservatives by Albert Hunt: “It’s not hard to envision an exceptional moment in the Capitol as pro-choice Democrats squirm when the pontiff celebrates the sanctity of life and Republicans wriggle when the Holy Father talks about social justice, income inequality and the moral imperative of addressing climate change.”

Degrees of opportunity by E.J. Dionne: “Friends of hard work and self-sufficiency should want to expand access to community colleges as much as possible. And even if this Congress blocks Obama’s effort, it’s a cause that will endure beyond his presidency.”

Completing the Darfur Genocide: Khartoum’s Renewed Ambition by Eric Reeves: “In short, RSF violence is re-enacting the early years of the genocide, when many thousands of villages were burned or destroyed.”

A Conversation About Masculinity by Timothy O’Malley: “The Church is not a place for defensive maneuvers but formation into the Eucharistic love of Christ. An entree into a beloved community that is on the way, whose leaders are fallible, whose members are a mixed bag, all of us on the way to becoming love itself.”

In Haiti and elsewhere, a ‘Francis effect’ could overcome donor fatigue by John Allen: “On the five-year anniversary of a mammoth earthquake that left 100,000 to 300,000 people dead in Haiti, laying waste to what was already one of the poorest nations in the world, Pope Francis met participants in a Vatican conference on rebuilding on Saturday and told them much remains to be done.”

The Philippines is increasingly secular, but still deeply Catholic by Inés San Martín: “The pontiff is scheduled to be in the Philippines until Monday, and according to the historian, it’s not only an opportunity for the country to revitalize its faith, but for Francis to see what the faith in the peripheries looks like and how it’s lived.”

Helping the poorest of the poor by The Economist: “To make a big difference to their poor, developing countries will have to cast their social safety nets widely.”

Perpetrators & Victims, Humans All by Michael Sean Winters: “We can help the cancer spread if we lump all Muslims together under the heading “extremist” just as the West penalized all Germans for the crimes of the Kaiser, spreading the resentment instead of helping the German people in the interwar period found a peaceful and just society. We can help the Muslim world resist the cancer, surely, by taking steps to ameliorate the alienation Muslim migrants feel and by encouraging more just, democratic, humane societies in the Muslim world. It will not be easy nor short.”