Around the Web (Part 2)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

A few things you need to know about poverty in the U.S. right now by Tom Mulloy: “As Catholics, we strive for an economy that places people first. Everyone has a right to live in dignity, free from poverty, with decent work at just wages. Life in America is far from our Catholic understanding of a just economy.”

Gospel for a Middle Class by Stephanie Pacheco: “But are we willing to give everything to God, to let go of our money, our plans, our status? Are we willing to wave farewell to these things joyfully, out of love?”

Catholic University’s Business School by Anthony Annett: “We can only hope and pray for some serious reform at the business school. They are taking tainted money and tainted money always taints. Is it too much to ask a pontifical university to stand with the pope on a moral issue so dear to his heart?”

Without Nostra Aetate, I Wouldn’t Be Catholic by Jordan Denari: “If I had never encountered a five-paragraph document, with a Latin title, written 50 years ago, it is very unlikely that I would still be Catholic today. That brief declaration, Nostra Aetate, was put forth by the Catholic Church during the Second Vatican Council, which concluded fifty years ago this fall.”

Lux Aeterna: RIP René Girard (December 25, 1923 – Nov 4, 2015) by Artur Rosman: “The two great Catholic thinkers, René Girard and John Paul II, are nearly always connected in my mind. One devised a mimetic theory of scapegoating; the other fought non-violently against scapegoating all his life and made amends for Christian scapegoating of Jews. The one proposed Christianity as the only exit out of the violent tendencies of humankind; the other inspired Solidarity, arguably the most thoroughgoing non-violent revolution of modern times.”

At the Vanguard of the ‘Men’s Movement’: An Interview With Anne-Marie Slaughter by Elizabeth Winkler: “The place to start is to realize what caring for children means for our society as a whole. It is essential for our economic competitiveness, our national security, our equality, and our wellbeing. We know that because we now understand scientifically that for the first five years of a child’s life, and again in early teenage-hood, the brain is growing and developing—not just adding knowledge but actual intellectual and emotional capacity. We know what kind of stimulation matters; we know what happens to children who are well cared for in developmentally appropriate ways versus those who are not. It directly affects their actual capabilities for the rest of their lives.”

Mass Atrocities Looming in Burundi? by Nicholas Kristof: “There’s evidence that we may be on the brink of a humanitarian calamity in Burundi, a small central African nation that has seen waves of killings in its history. It has been unstable for months, but now the authorities are using language that recalls the run-up to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, right next door.”

Syrian government accused of profiting from abductions, detentions by Hugh Naylor: “The Syrian government has profited from the abduction of tens of thousands of people during the country’s civil war, according to a report Thursday by Amnesty International based on interviews with Syrians alleging that bribes are routinely demanded for details about the missing.”