Around the Web (Part 1)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Man Cannot Live by Values Alone by David Lapp: “The lack of a good union and the lack of a just wage—problems that have plagued Lance in his work history—are arguably symptoms of “shareholder capitalism.”…When the worker is effectively treated as a means to an end, there will be alienation (as John Paul II predicted in Centesimus Annus).”

The Real Innovation in Netflix’s New Parental Leave Program by Ashley McGuire: “As Jessica Grose wrote of new motherhood, ‘everyone’s experience is wildly different and impossible to predict.’ In offering new parents maximum flexibility in how they return to work, Netflix removes the fear factor from that unpredictability. That could prove to be as powerful as giving workers a full year off.”

Profound Cognitive Impairment, Moral Virtue, and Our Life in Christ: Can My Brother Live a Happy and Holy Life? by Miguel Romero: “By the loving kindness of the Father, through the reconciling gift of Christ Jesus, and in the living fellowship of the Holy Spirit, a profoundly disabled man might recognize, by way of his brother’s voice, a friend.”

The Francis Option by Stephen Schneck: “Pope Francis counsels approaching the modern world very differently. He preaches a church engaged in the world, not one hunkered down behind walls or fearful of participation.”

Taking Another Look at the Reconstruction Era by Jennifer Schuessler: “The park service has played an important role in shaping, and reshaping, popular historical awareness. During the past two decades it has overhauled its Civil War sites, incorporating material on slavery into exhibits that had long been criticized by scholars for avoiding discussion of the root causes of the conflict. But its 408 properties nationwide still do not include a single site dedicated to the postwar struggle to build a racially equal democracy.”

Finding Common Ground in Discouraging Down Syndrome Abortions by Charles Camosy: “When the abortion rate of Down syndrome children is 85 percent that message is, well, unmistakable. They are simply not welcome. Indeed, I’ve argued elsewhere that this practice is a paradigmatic example of what Pope Francis calls “the throwaway culture.”

Let Sudan’s President Come to New York. Then Arrest Him. by Luis Moreno-Ocampo: “The United States should grant Mr. Bashir his visa, and then, upon his arrival, arrest and surrender him to the I.C.C., where he could present any legal arguments he wishes about innocence, immunity or alleged prosecutorial bias. This would represent an important stand. The United States should do everything it can to isolate Mr. Bashir and express its solidarity with the people of Darfur and its commitment to prevent and punish genocide.”

Pro-Choice Questions, Pro-Life Answers, Part II by Ross Douthat: “I think your side of the abortion debate is a bit like the cohort of Social Darwinists who assumed that the economic gains of the industrial revolution were so precious (and they were, indeed, precious!) that they required the terrible factory conditions, massive child labor, perpetually polluted skies and other dark-satanic-mills barbarisms that came in along with the 19th century rise in human wealth. From that fatalism I respectfully dissent, and I look forward to a future in which my daughters’ self-determination doesn’t need to bought with a kind of society-wide blood sacrifice of the unborn.”

Washington revs up plans for Pope Francis’ historic September visit by Fredrick Kunkle and Michelle Boorstein: “Catholic advocates are also eagerly awaiting Francis’s arrival in a quintessentially Washington way: crafting legislation tied to the pope’s visit. Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life, said abortion opponents will push for a Senate vote on a measure to ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation. The group is also highlighting other measures that fit with Francis’s priorities, including a bill sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) that would create paid family leave.”

How student poverty has increased since the Great Recession by Emma Brown: “Between 2006 and 2013, the number of students in high-poverty school districts — in which more than 20 percent of children live below the federal poverty line — increased from 15.9 million to 24 million, according to EdBuild. That means nearly half of the nation’s 50 million public school students go to class with large numbers of peers who are growing up with poverty and all its difficulties.”