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Check out these recent articles from around the web:

Don’t Blame Francis for Church’s Divisions by Cathleen Kaveny: “It was Neuhaus, after all, who advanced the view that conservative Roman Catholics have more in common with orthodox Jews and Evangelical Protestants than they do with progressive members of their own religious communities. In fact, that view was an operational premise of First Things magazine under his leadership. This approach is based on a thoroughly distorted view of religious realities and commitments.”

Matt Walsh: The Primer for Trump by Leticia Adams: “One of the loudest voices telling us how angry to be at those evil liberals is Matt Walsh. He’s harsh, snarky, loud and angry. And now he is angry at anyone who supports Donald Trump. Well, let me break it down for everyone: there are Trump supporters because people like Matt Walsh have been the primer that makes Trump stick.”

The Church isn’t obsessed with sex, but it is with humanity by John Allen: “Maybe the real curiosity isn’t why the Church talks or acts only about sex, because that’s an incredibly easy assertion to falsify. It’s why so often that seems to be all people hear or see.”

It’s not just Flint: Poor communities across the country live with ‘extreme’ polluters by Chris Mooney: “As national attention focuses on Flint, Mich. — where lead-contaminated water flowed for over a year to a relatively poor, minority community — new research suggests that across the U.S., communities like these are more likely to be exposed to some of the most intense pollution.”

How one mom’s extraordinary love transforms the short lives of hospice babies by Cori Salchert: “Cori Salchert calls the home she shares with her husband, Mark, a “house of hope.” A former perinatal bereavement nurse with eight biological children, Salchert began adopting what she calls “hospice babies” —babies with life-limiting or terminal diagnoses — in 2012.  Salchert says these babies come from families who find it difficult to deal with the condition their child was born with. Many step away because they can’t bear to witness the end of their child’s life.”

Sanders, Clinton haven’t been asked about abortion. Not a single time. by Charles Camosy: “That Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have not been confronted on their extremism on abortion is a very serious abdication of journalistic responsibility. Let us hope future moderators of Democratic debates will give due attention to the most polarizing issue of our time.”

Being Catholic is cool again by Shanna Johnson: “In my experience, young people are keeping their faith in all things. In the work they do, in the friends they choose and the way they love each other. They are returning with open arms to the faith. Their desire to help and to bring justice to those who cannot help themselves is a pillar at the root of Catholic beliefs.”

Pro-Woman. Pro-Life. Is there really a contradiction? by Adelaide Mena: “For many, the buzzwords surrounding the intersection of feminism and the pro-life movement call to mind a conflict between the two campaigns. However, for many of those involved in the pro-life movement, pro-life and feminist goals are aligned, not opposed.”

One Way to Rebuild Our Institutions by Elizabeth Warren: “The failure to adequately punish big corporations or their executives when they break the law undermines the foundations of this great country. Justice cannot mean a prison sentence for a teenager who steals a car, but nothing more than a sideways glance at a C.E.O. who quietly engineers the theft of billions of dollars.”

Putin’s Pattern of Violence by Lisa Baglione: “The world may likely never be certain whether Mr. Putin actually ordered Litvinenko’s, Politkovskaya’s, or even Boris Nemtsov’s death (opposition politician, killed in February 2015). Still, the British judgment makes clear that the Russian government was involved in murdering an opponent because he was making claims that were more than embarrassing, but showed that the regime had innocent blood on its hands.”

Review: Catholic Economics, Part I and Part II by Michael Sean Winters: “The problem with contemporary, mainstream, libertarian economics is its anthropology: It presumes an understanding of the human person that is rigorously autonomous and excessively individualistic.”

Opening the Word: Learning to rejoice by Timothy O’Malley: “We learn to rejoice in the presence of the least among us when we take up Paul’s vision of love addressed to the Corinthians. This is a love that “rejoices with the truth” (1 Cor 13:6), a love that is the very Spirit of the triune God dwelling among us. We must be ever careful to fan this flame of love, for only then can we sing of God’s salvation (cf. Ps 71:15) to every member of the human race looking to join in our festive chorus of praise.”