Around the Web (Part 2)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

The Plight of the Rohingya by James Nachtwey: “A Muslim minority from western Burma, the 1.3 million-strong Rohingya have been denied the most basic of human rights: citizenship. Their sense of self has been lost. Since sectarian tensions erupted in 2012, roughly 140,000 Rohingya have been herded into camps by the Burmese government, which has allowed a virulent Buddhist nationalist movement to germinate.”

The Downside of Living Alone by Anna Sutherland: “As people in the U.S. and other economically advanced nations spend an increasing proportion of their lifespan living alone, the topic of loneliness should not be taboo.”

The Campus Crusaders by David Brooks: “We’re now in a position in which the students and the professors and peers they target are talking past each other. The students feeling others don’t understand the trauma they’ve survived; the professors feeling as though they are victims in a modern Salem witch trial. Everybody walks on egg shells.”

On Catholic Culture by Stephen Schneck: “In part, I’m a huge fan of Pope Francis because of what I see for the possibilities of a new and authentic Catholic culture. It won’t be the one of my Iowa boyhood, nor should it be. But a fresh Catholic solidarity is growing in this age of Francis that addresses the faith’s need to be more than doctrine and liturgy.”

A Vibrant, Energetic Church: An Interview with Bishop Gerald Kicanas by Jim McDermott: “There’s a vibrancy to the church in the Southwest. In many of the Midwest and Eastern dioceses there is diminishment happening, schools closing, parishes closing. The blessing we have here is that we’re opening parishes. We’re growing. So that brings a certain vibrancy and energy.”

The Crazed Politics of Religion by Michael Sean Winters: “It is bizarre, and noteworthy, that both groups of politicians deviate from Church teaching in the exact same way, by invoking a kind of libertarian exemption. Pro-choice women say ‘you can’t tell me what to do with my body’ and pro-business Republicans say ‘you can’t tell me what to do with my corporation.’”

Saving the ‘Benedict Option’ from Culture War Conservatism by Andrew Lynn: “MacIntyre’s work, saved from a retreatist Culture War conservatism, can speak to a variety of efforts and traditions that seek ends of justice and flourishing that counter the dominant social order. Whether this initiates the building of rural communities, urban places of refuge, or new social movements, the shared underlying vision for such projects is purposeful pursuit of types of human flourishing that have become marginalized within our current political and cultural setting.”

Getting ahead of the spin on the pope’s environmental encyclical by John Allen: “No doubt, there will also be a strong emphasis on poverty, including the argument that the world’s poor often bear the most severe consequences of climatic disruption. That, too, is a point with a political edge. Nonetheless, the encyclical will not be primarily a political call for action. Instead, Laudato Sii, the reported title of the encyclical (meaning “Praised Be”), will almost certainly be a work in moral theology.”