Around the Web (Part 1)


Check out these recent articles from around the web:

A U-Haul Isn’t What the Working Class Needs by David Lapp: “But we’ll never be able to form those relationships if we merely scold the “downscale” people about their sins and “entitlement” and their communities “that deserve to die,” as if a person suffering from years of trauma and deprived of good models of family life could just snap out of it with a few good rebukes. Then we will have failed to look squarely at not just “the problem,” but the person in front of us.”

To Help End Extreme Poverty, Strengthen Support for Global Nutrition Programs by Tom Hart: “When world leaders gather in Brazil in August to pledge funds to improve basic nutrition in the least-developed countries, the United States must go with a strong pledge — certainly stronger than the $108 million proposed in the global health area of the President’s FY17 budget. The Nutrition For Growth conference is an opportunity for world leaders to improve and save the lives of millions in the developing world, while helping them grow their economies and stop extreme poverty in their communities.”

The Fall of the House of Neuhaus by Anthony Annett: “Of course, if you read Centesimus Annus, you will be left with a rather different impression than the one offered by Neuhaus and friends. As with all of the great social encyclicals that characterize modern Catholic social teaching, Centesimus Annus applies enduring principles to the particular circumstances of the times—in this case, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of Soviet communism. But there is no fundamental discontinuity between Centesimus Annus with the social encyclicals that came before—or indeed, the ones that came after, Caritas in Veritate and Laudato Si’.”

Democrats could destroy the GOP — if only they would welcome antiabortion liberals by Charles Camosy: “If Democrats act strategically, they can pick up some of the crumbling pieces of the GOP’s coalition, starting with antiabortion citizens….Opening a big tent to pro-lifers would not only offer a hospitable climate for Democrats who value a “whole life” ethic, which weaves together common Democratic concerns like care for the impoverished and elderly with an equal interest in the unborn; it would also put them in a good position to win the next generation. Millennials and Latinos, after all, are trending more antiabortion than any other young generation in recent U.S. history.”

The Brussels attacks brought out the worst in Cruz and Trump by EJ Dionne: “With large parts of the Republican establishment giving up on Kasich and embracing Cruz as the last anti-Trump hope, we can now look forward to a GOP race to the bottom in which fear itself is the only thing its leading candidates have to offer.”

Can Paul Ryan’s Pleasant Language Sell His Divisive Policies? by Derek Thompson: “It doesn’t matter if a politician overhauls his vocabulary for America’s rich and poor without a similar renovation in principles. If the central battle in the GOP is between Ryan and Trump, then the party is divided between a rhetorically ameliorative leader whose policies would further divide rich from the poor and a rhetorically divisive leader whose policies, as hateful as some are, might do more overall to ameliorate the income gap.”

Gunmen kill Congolese priest who reported on atrocities by CNA: “A Congolese Catholic priest who documented human rights abuses in his home country was killed by armed gunmen early Monday morning. Father Vincent Machozi Karunzu was murdered March 21 by armed militants in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the procurator general of the Augustinians of the Assumption said in a message.”