Around the Web (Part 1)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Here Are The Victims Of The Chattanooga Shooting by Buzzfeed News: “Four Marines — Thomas Sullivan, Skip Wells, David Wyatt, and Carson Holmquist— were identified as of Friday morning. A Navy sailor, Randall Smith, who was hurt in the shooting, died from his injuries on Saturday.”

Outrage over Planned Parenthood Video: A Review of the Unedited Footage by Sam Sawyer, S.J.: “In this case, in my judgment, the Planned Parenthood representative seems not to be a profit-seeking monster, but rather someone who has so thoroughly dehumanized the unborn child as to be able to consider it as a source to be dismantled for parts. That’s more than bad enough.”

‘Our faith is revolutionary’: Pope Francis on the immorality of the economic system by Stephen Schneck: “Last week, Pope Francis issued his most urgent and sweeping indictment of the structural immorality of the global economy to date.  It was an astounding talk presented in Bolivia before a conference of popular movements. Declaring that ‘our faith is revolutionary, because our faith challenges the tyranny of mammon,’ the pontiff called upon the lowly, the poor, and the marginalized of the world to mobilize against the economic system’s ‘subtle dictatorship.’”

Planned Parenthood video shows an appalling trivialization of life by Michael Gerson: “What do we learn from the video? First, it shows the appalling trivialization of life at the heart of extreme pro-choice ideology. If a developing life is really the moral and medical equivalent of a cyst or tumor, there is no limit on how it may be exploited. But most people — even those who support Roe v. Wade — intuitively recognize that the boy or girl in the sonogram is not a cyst. We see a family resemblance in a genetically differentiated human at an early stage of development. And people generally don’t want developing human beings treated as rubbish or raw materials.”

Pope says his economic message isn’t class warfare, it’s church doctrine by Daniel Burke: “Pope Francis defended himself against critics who accuse him of preaching class warfare, saying that he’s just applying Catholic teachings to an economic system that is highly polarized between the rich and poor.”

A Road Map for Eradicating World Hunger by Beth Gardiner: “Around the world, nations as varied as Brazil, Cambodia, Iran and the Philippines have reported progress toward the goals of the Zero Hunger Challenge, a three-year-old campaign initiated by the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon. The campaign’s ambitious target of eradicating hunger, experts say, helps lend structure and clarity to efforts to ensure that even the very poorest have enough to eat and to make food systems more resilient in the face of climate change, droughts, floods and other pressures.”

At least 130 are dead in Iraq after a massive bomb attack by Washington Post: “The death toll from a bombing at a crowded marketplace in eastern Iraq climbed to as many as 130 on Saturday, Iraqi officials said, marking the Islamic State’s worst single bombing attack on a civilian target in the country….The market in the largely Shiite town 20 miles northeast of Baghdad was teeming with families making preparations for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr as the blast tore through the street with devastating impact, collapsing several buildings.”

Pope Francis is not a Marxist, but make no mistake: He will challenge the world’s leading capitalist power by Kevin Clarke: “Those whose hearts beat a little faster during bedtime stories of 19th century laissez faire capitalism should buckle up when Francis comes to Washington.”

Black Children in U.S. Are Much More Likely to Live in Poverty, Study Finds by NY Times: “Black children were almost four times as likely as white children to be living in poverty in 2013, a new report has found, the latest evidence that the economic recovery is leaving behind some of the United States’ most vulnerable citizens.”

This Dehumanizing Trade: What Would Pope Francis Say About the ‘Baby Body Parts’ Controversy? by Charles Camosy: “We’ve received horrific but telling descriptions of how, in an attempt to acquire these organs during an abortion, the best practices involve crushing the feet and legs of the child first, leaving the bodily organs largely intact, with the final part being the evacuation of the baby’s head. This reality, in all its gruesome detail, resists any Orwellian euphemism which might disconnect us from the reality of the child.”

The Church and the World: A Prehistory of Laudato Si by Nathan Schneider with Seán McDonagh, SSC: “The integrated ecology that Pope Francis has developed is a relationship between ecology and the kinds of efforts that he wants to see us build in terms of human equality and well-being on the planet. He does very well in that. He marries the depravation of the poor of the world with the destruction of the life systems of the world, the ecosystems of the world. That’s probably the strongest aspect of this whole encyclical.”

A Teen Completed Her Bucket List By Sacrificing Her Life To Save Her Friend by Stephanie McNeal: “On July 2, Rebecca went to watch fireworks with friends. On the way back, she and her friend Ben Arne were struck by a car. Arne survived, but Rebecca died. After Arne was released from the hospital, he visited the Townsend family and told them Rebecca had saved his life by pushing him away from the car. “He said, ‘The last thing I remember is Rebecca pushing me and telling me to hurry up,’” Victoria said.”