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How Laudato Si’ Extends Catholic Social Teaching by Anthony Annett: “The way forward, as laid out by Laudato si’, will involve regulation and changes in economic policy, but it will begin with a change in attitudes and culture. It won’t be easy, especially for those in wealthy countries that now consume much more than their fair share of the world’s resources. Yet the gravity of the situation presents us with little choice—either we change our ways, or we prepare for a grim future.”

Let Us Not Remember Srebrenica With Empty Promises, But With Moral Resolve by Kati Marton: “More than memory is required of us today. Instead of building another memorial, let us all admit that evil exists in the world. Above all, let us not be shocked and paralyzed the next time the haters start their engines. Let us channel our indignation at what happened here for the next time. Because there will be a next time. It is not enough for our military to be prepared to strike. All of us have to be morally prepared to counter hate. We must be as determined and as relentless against the haters — wherever they are — as the haters are against their prey. If our leaders waver the next time, let us do our part and disrupt their endless conferences and evasions.”

Cardinal Peter Turkson: Bishops need to speak up on the environment by RNS: “The Vatican is calling on bishops globally to act on the pope’s groundbreaking environmental encyclical, Cardinal Peter Turkson said in an interview.”

Why the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision is not like legalizing abortion by David Gibson: “In the wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, a favorite talking point among social conservatives was that even if they lost a battle, they could still win the war: The ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges was akin to the 1973 Roe v. Wade verdict legalizing abortion, they argued, and opponents would continue to fight, and steadily work their way back to victory. There are several obstacles to that scenario, however.”

Thomas Kennedy, 63; state senator turned obstacle into opportunity by J.M. Lawrence: “At age 19, Thomas P. Kennedy was washing a third-floor window at his seminary in Newburgh, N.Y., when he fell backward. The accident left him a quadriplegic. Unable to administer Communion, he gave up his plan to become a Catholic priest. Days after the 1970 accident, Bishop Fulton Sheen visited his hospital bed and counseled him to embrace whatever new path lay ahead, according to his family. Mr. Kennedy found a new calling in public service.”

Catholics and same-sex marriage: A different comparison by Stephen Schneck: “The comparison of same-sex marriage with divorce is also very telling from the perspective of the church’s own practices. Over time Catholics have gradually found prudential ways to deal with the public legality of divorce in America. Divorced and remarried individuals, both Catholics and non-Catholics, are widely present in many of our faith-based organizations and institutions—as teachers, doctors, social workers, and administrators and on parish councils, school boards, boards of trustees, and so forth. Catholic adoption agencies have placed children into the homes of divorced and remarried couples. Within our institutions, divorced and remarried Catholics, far from being treated like pariahs, are today treated with the same respect and dignity that our faith demands from us for all people.”

The next big liberal cause: universal child care by Greg Sargent: “I’m told that Senate Democrats in coming days will roll out a new universal pre-kindergarten proposal that would be funded by the closing of corporate tax breaks. If it gets a vote — and Dem leaders plan to push hard for one — it will put members of both parties on record as to whether they support national action to dramatically expand the availability of child care to poor and working families.”

Pope Francis has a strategy underneath the rhetoric by John Allen: “In a nutshell, the pope believes that to do greater justice to the poor, the entire architecture of the global economic system has to be rethought. He also believes powerful forces stand in the way of that happening.”

It’s Not About Defense of the Faith, but the Joy of the Gospel: Greg Boyle, S.J., on ‘Laudato Si” Dispatches by Jim McDermott: “Pope Francis has become like Jesus entering into that room where the disciples are locked up because they’re frightened. And like Jesus, he opens the windows, lets in air, unlocks the front door and says let’s go, and let’s smell like sheep. That’s the Pope that we have, the Pope we want.”

California ‘right-to-die’ bill stalls with Catholics opposed by Fenit Nirappil: “In a blow to the right-to-die movement, California lawmakers on Tuesday dropped one of the most promising legislative efforts in the U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives.”

The Pope’s clarion call for justice by Fr. James Martin: “Jesus was born into poverty. He lived in a poor village. He worked in the carpentry trade; in his day, that ranked him below the peasantry. Later in his public ministry, the primary recipients of his preaching and often the very objects of that preaching were the poor. The one litmus test he offers for entrance into heaven in the Gospel of Matthew was not how hard we pray, or how often we go to church, but how we treat the poor.”

Pope Francis, science and government are reframing climate change by Stephen V. Sundborg and Howard Frumkin: “What is especially new about this moment is a reframing of the climate issue, putting people at its center. The consistent focus is not on ourselves, but on others — the poor and the most vulnerable. It is a joint call to solidarity with those who most need our efforts because they are the ones who most experience the destructive effects of climate change.”

Lotteries, payday lending, and the swindling of America’s poor by Michael Gerson: “The United States is bursting at the seams with populist energy. Here is a cause that should appeal to activists prone to camping in parks or to wearing tricorn hats: Let’s get government out of the business of treating citizens as marks and dupes. And let’s confront everyone — in business and government — who benefits from defrauding the poor.”

Ukraine’s Struggle for Dignity by Stephen Colecchi: “The Church in Ukraine is a vibrant witness of faith and a tremendous resource to Ukrainian society as the nation seeks to defend human dignity and freedom and to build a transparent and accountable democracy. It deserves encouragement and support, especially for education and humanitarian outreach.  The Church faces challenges to religious freedom in the occupied territories of Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk.”

Pope Francis Brings Back the Seamless Garment by Michael Sean Winters: “The first thing to note about those words is that they recapitulate the vision once articulated by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in his “seamless garment” approach to the Church’s teaching, but they also expand the late cardinal’s vision. +Bernardin was linking the Church’s teachings on life one to another, but the Holy Father insists that all the Church’s teaching hang together. The theme of the meeting was the three L’s – lodging, land and labor – but the pope expands those three also, to include the sovereignty of people and the dignity of the human person.”