Around the Web (Part 2)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

American Dream not complete yet by Kara Ayers: “People with disabilities are able to live, work, love, and play in our community more than ever before. Still, there’s so much work to be done.”

In Nigeria, Boko Haram is an equal opportunity terrorist group by Inés San Martín: “The thousands of Nigerian Christians who have lost relatives, homes, and property, who have seen their churches torched and watched camps of their displaced fellow believers swell, aren’t especially interested in complex theories about Boko Haram’s origins or agenda.”

Saving South Sudan From Kleptocracy by John Prendergast: “South Sudan’s belligerents have signed a peace deal, but it is far from certain that the brutal 20-month civil war is over. If the next steps the parties take are simply to restore the status quo that existed before the war’s eruption, the odds are wildly in favor of a return to deadly conflict. However, if the implementation of the agreement is seen as a chance to restart the construction of a viable state in the world’s newest country, dismantling the violent kleptocracy that it’s become since independence in 2011, then South Sudan has a chance for peace.”

Stung by Grant Gallicho: “Telling a patient her abortion procedure will not be changed in order to obtain fetal tissue—a process that is “reimbursed” at rates significant enough to constitute a ‘revenue stream’—and then turning around and violating that promise is not only egregiously unethical, it is also illegal. These are serious charges.”

I and Thou: Orthodox Theology of Marriage by Melinda Selmys: “A more appropriate model for expressing the mysterion, or sacramental quality, of conjugal love is provided by Martin Buber’s profound insights into the human person expressed as the relationship between I and Thou. In marriage, he affirms, two I’s, man and woman, enter into the transcendent world of Thou, to perceive in each other unique value and meaning. Each becomes for the other a veritable symbol, a reality that brings together the temporal and the eternal.”

Buying Sex Should Not Be Legal by Rachel Mora­n: “The effort to decriminalize the sex trade worldwide is not a progressive movement. Implementing this policy will simply calcify into law men’s entitlement to buy sex, while decriminalizing pimping will protect no one but the pimps.”

Donald Trump, Traitor to His Class by Ross Douthat: “In a healthy two-party system, the G.O.P. would treat Trump’s strange success as evidence that the party’s basic orientation may need to change substantially, so that it looks less like a tool of moneyed interests and more like a vehicle for middle American discontent. In an unhealthy system, the kind I suspect we inhabit, the Republicans will find a way to crush Trump without adapting to his message. In which case the pressure the Donald has tapped will continue to build — and when it bursts, the G.O.P. as we know it may go with it.”

Unplugged but Connected by Mike St. Thomas: “What is the goal of Catholic education in the midst of the flurry of screens and devices that bring the modern world to our fingertips? It is to keep the human person at the center of our enterprise. The world of information may be only a swipe away, but we should know better than to think it is the most important world. That honor goes to a world made of flesh and spirit, of encounter and conversation. That world must guide our schools, and everything else must follow from it.”

Taizé: A parable of communion by Nicholas Collura: “Like innumerable visitors as well, I can attest that Taizé is one of those holy places in the world where goodness finds a compelling language: a vocabulary of prayer and a grammar of shared Christian life, what Brother Roger often called “a parable of communion.””

Syria’s Children by Alan Taylor: “Four and a half years of violent conflict have destroyed entire regions of Syria. Neighborhoods have been smashed by shelling and government barrel bombs, and towns have been seized by rebels and ISIS militants, then retaken by government troops, killing hundreds of thousands and injuring even more.”

Happy Feast of St. Augustine by Michael Sean Winters: “If Augustine had only written The Confessions, he would be considered on the greatest spiritual writers of all time. If he had only penned the City of God, he would still be considered on of the great Christian theorists of human community. If he had only delivered his many sermons, he would be the most significant preacher in the history of the West. He did all these things.”

On Chibok anniversary, Christians are caught between hope and experience by John Allen: “It’s long been frustrating for Nigerians that their armed forces, with 200,000 active duty troops, 300,000 paramilitary personnel, a budget of $3.25 billion, and a history of successful peacekeeping operations in neighboring countries, has been either unable or unwilling to get Boko Haram under control. The fact that most of the Chibok girls remain missing 16 months into their abduction is the single most damning symbol of that failure.”