Around the Web (Part 2)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

A moral commitment to end hunger by Faustine Wabwire: “An opportunity to steer the course of the entire world comes along only once in a generation—if that often. Looked at one way, we are at a crisis moment that should force us to act. But we could also look at the confluence of positive events that is happening this year that could set the world up to do what no generation has ever done: end hunger and extreme poverty by 2030.”

Black Americans Are Killed At 12 Times The Rate Of People In Other Developed Countries by Nate Silver: “So for white Americans, the homicide death rate is not so much of an outlier. It’s only modestly higher than in Finland, Belgium or Greece, for instance, and lower than in Chile or Latvia. But there’s no other highly industrialized country with a homicide death rate similar to the one black Americans experience. Their homicide death rate, 19.4 per 100,000 persons, is about 12 times higher than the average rate among all people in other developed countries.”

As world focuses on Islamic State, trapped Syrians fear new terror from the sky by Ruth Pollard: “Beyond the barrel bombs that have already killed thousands in indiscriminate aerial assaults, beyond the chemical attacks with cylinders of chlorine gas in civilian areas controlled by opposition forces, the Assad government is now dropping 200-kilogram naval mines from its helicopters into residential neighbourhoods. Set to explode just a few metres from the ground, the naval mines, designed to float in the sea and detonate as a warship approaches, are packed with high-intensity explosives that cause extraordinary damage and terror, experts say.”

Empathy Is Actually a Choice by Daryl Cameron, Michael Inzlicht, and William A. Cunningham: “Arguments against empathy rely on an outdated view of emotion as a capricious beast that needs to yield to sober reason. Yes, there are many situations in which empathy appears to be limited in its scope, but this is not a deficiency in the emotion itself. In our view, empathy is only as limited as we choose it to be.”

3 ways parishes can welcome young Catholics by US Catholic: “But young adults’ experiences with campus ministry programs and Newman Centers don’t always translate to the kind of engagement available in their local parish communities upon graduation. A conclusive explanation for this is largely unavailable, according to the ESTEEM Leadership Program (a project of St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel at Yale), but the issue often relates to a lack of programming specifically for young adults, a lack of openness within the parish to having young adults serve in leadership roles, and reluctance on the part of young adults to offer their talents without first being asked.”

Malala Turns 18, And Opens A School For Syrian Refugee Girls by NPR: “Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education activist and youngest-ever Nobel Peace laureate, celebrated her 18th birthday today by inaugurating a secondary school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, near Syria’s border.”

​Francis’ Challenge to Millennial Catholics: It’s the Environment and Marriage by Elise Italiano: “It is possible—and necessary—for us to witness to the fullness of our faith. The Gospel is too expansive for limits set on it from the outside. Perhaps he will say that we millennials must ‘make a mess’ of the ideological constraints imposed upon faith in order to live it fully.”

Wisconsin workers lose their weekend by Kevin Clarke: “Walker’s move against the weekend is only the latest deterioration of hard-won labor standards of the early 20th century; we are now deeply trudging into mid-19th century territory with the eight-hour day, overtime pay and now the sanctity of the weekend all under serious threat as the unions which used to protect labor conditions have been ground out. Divide and conquer was Walker’s bitter if successful strategy when it came to pitting private sector workers against public sector unions in his state…”

The pope’s sainthood decree for a Ukrainian legend has a political edge by John Allen: “If it’s a mistake to conclude that the primary reason for which Francis signed off on Sheptytsky’s decree was political, equally it would be naïve to think this savvy Jesuit pontiff wasn’t aware of its political dimension. The fact he didn’t let that stop him may well tell Ukrainians everything they wanted to know about where he stands.”

Baby Parts for Sale? by Kristen Day: “But what type of heart, lungs, and liver is she talking about? The answer is indisputable. Human body parts  belong to a human being. The very activity in which she is engaged points to the fundamental humanity of the child that is being killed. Why does this “glob of tissue” have a human heart? Why does this non-person have a brain? In seeing value in these human body parts, Planned Parenthood is implicitly recognizing the humanity of the child whom they are treating in such an inhumane way.”

Young Voices: Why CCHD Inspires Me by Thelma Ekeocha: “It is important to connect the work of social justice to our faith because it is our mission to serve Christ by working with our vulnerable brothers and sisters to make sure everyone’s dignity can be respected.”

The Planned Parenthood Undercover Video by Michael Sean Winters: “Any ethical qualms about the dishonest way this video was made must be balanced by ethical qualms, and more than qualms, about the dishonest way the gruesomeness of abortion has been obscured or denied.”