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An Interview with Anna Keating of The Catholic Catalogue: “Too often I think we assume that a “successful” life for young women needs to follow a script, or that the measure of success is income, or status. According to the current script, the twenties are supposed to be a time of professional achievement as a single person, and then in one’s thirties career-minded people are supposed to suddenly settle down and have one or two kids, while still pursuing their careers with the same intensity. I didn’t want to live my life, holding the person I loved the most at arm’s length, or waiting for the socially acceptable time to make a commitment. There is no good time to get married or have kids.”

Interview: Father James Martin talks faith by Rob Lee: “Of course I’m biased because I’m a Jesuit and so is he, but I would say that people find him, most of all, authentic. For example, he preaches poverty and he lives it. This is not that other popes were not authentic, but there is something about his style of life–particularly his simplicity and humility–that attracts people.”

A Father Sacrificed His Life To Save Hundreds From A Suicide Bomber by Alan White: “According to Public Radio International, Adel Termos witnessed the first bombing. Then, the broadcaster said: ‘He made a split-second decision that saved countless lives.’ A local blogger named Elie Fares told the broadcaster that Termo tackled the second suicide bomber to the ground, causing him to detonate.”

Catholic University’s Business School Again by Anthony Annett: “CUA had a chance to side with Pope Francis over the libertarians. It did not. Instead it embraced the connection and attacked the critics. It used the money not to promote the kind of traditional teaching associated with alumni like Msgr. John A. Ryan and Msgr. George Higgins, but to hire libertarians and even climate-change deniers. There’s something very wrong with this.”

Humility’s fierce grace by Greg Erlandson: “In the lives of the saints, we can see what true humility looks like, for as they grow in God’s grace, so the saints grow in awareness of their own sinfulness. It is as if in God’s Bright Light, one can see all the more clearly the stains and the blights, the scars and the deformities that pockmark us. Saints do not become more boastful. Rather, they become more humbled even as they grow in holiness.”

A Year after the Rolling Stone’s UVA Debacle, New Questions about Free Press on Campus by Ashley McKinless: “To paraphrase Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, the remedy to bad journalism, is more journalism. At its best, the free press keeps organizations and movements transparent and honest, which in the long run is in their best interests. Today, campus movements for racial justice deserve nothing less.”

Habetis Papam by David Bentley Hart: “Laudato Si is a pastoral piece, quite substantial as a work of moral instruction and spiritual exhortation, but not a treatise in the way that, say, Spe Salvi was. Style aside, though, I simply cannot find an assertion anywhere in its pages that strikes me as anything other than either a plain statement of fact or a reasonable statement of Christian principle.”

A dogged fighter for the rule of law in Russia by Fred Hiatt: “Whether or not the United States and France are wise to join a grand alliance with Russia against Islamist terrorism (not, in my view), it is critical that people like Natalia Taubina not get run over as collateral damage.Taubina, 45, in Washington to receive the annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award on Thursday, is one of those stubborn and remarkable people who continue to fight doggedly for the rule of law inside Russia even as President Vladimir Putin does everything he can to impose his brand of arbitrary authoritarianism.”

We know the refugees. They are us by Archbishop Cupich: “We can shun our neighbors in need, or we can embrace them. We can invite them to our table. And in doing so, uphold the values that founded the very nation we celebrate when we gather in thanksgiving to the God who chose to reveal himself to us as a refugee.”

Our Betrayal of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees by George Packer: “Iraqis and Syrians are probably the most heavily vetted refugees in the history of the world. If three top government officials are going to be required to put their names and reputations on every admission, the very, very hard will become just about impossible. The House is counting on political cowardice and bureaucratic indifference to advance the cause of irrationality and bigotry.”

Paris, City of Light by Stephen Schneck: “Terrorism is a cold, deliberate, and calculated evil. Its purpose is to instill fear and invoke hatred in us: fear to enervate our resolve and shake the foundation of our values and hatred to blind us with passion and darken our vision. After last January’s Charlie Hebdo terrorism in Paris, it was inspiring to see the magazine then mock the terrorists with comic satire, much as Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny mocked Hitler during World War II. We will not fear you; we will not give in to your dark hatred. We laugh against your evil.”

Paris: The Aftermath by Michael Sean Winters: “We Americans are better than fear-mongering. We Catholics are better than fear-mongering. The issues that stalked the Third Republic remain relevant in all Western societies, and the answers we seek will only be found if we remain true to our values and our identity.”

Teaming up with Russia in Syria could be a dangerous false step for the U.S. by Washington Post: “The only productive contribution Mr. Putin could make to an anti-Islamic State coalition would be to reverse himself, use Russia’s leverage to obtain the removal of Mr. Assad and stop attacks on Western-sponsored forces. Failing that, an alliance with Russia would be a dangerous false step for the United States and France.”

Former US official on Syria: Obama’s ISIS strategy is like “one hand clapping” by Zack Beauchamp: “The rise of ISIS was both foreseeable and intended in the context of Assad regime policies toward political dissent. From the beginning of the Syrian uprising, Assad characterized the opposition to him as terrorist in nature. Early on, he emptied his prisons of Islamist extremists in an effort to pollute the opposition with sectarianism. Ultimately he succeeded in militarizing the uprising [forcing protesters to take up arms to defend themselves], but when he did, he all but lost eastern Syria. This created a vacuum that ISIS, coming in from Iraq, was able to fill.”