Around the Web (Part 2)

UntitleddddCheck out these recent articles from around the web:

The moral challenge Trump poses by Michael Sean Winters: “The nation faces a moral question this election that is as simple as it is severe: Are we to permit white supremacist thinking and language back into the mainstream of American politics, or not?”

California’s smoking age raised from 18 to 21 under bills signed by Gov. Brown by Patrick McGreevy: “Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and expand no-smoking areas at public schools.”

Pope writes Maduro to demand action on Venezuela’s woes by Ines San Martin: “Socialist President Nicolas Maduro succeeded Hugo Chavez after his death in 2013, after 14 years in power. Since then, the economy of Venezuela has deteriorated, with citizens joining long lines to buy basic products such as toilet paper. In many cities, even bread is being rationed.”

Review: “Connected Toward Communion” by Daniella Zsupan-Jerome by Brett Robinson: “The conditioning power of media technology is of vital concern for the Church because of its effect on human formation. The consumption of vast amounts of information necessarily means that we are quite literally in formation. Zsupan-Jerome frames her analysis using the four pillars of ministerial formation to offer a theologically grounded take on a connected world poised for greater communion. The challenge of ministerial formation is to develop a person’s human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral capabilities amidst the torrent of digital stimuli.”

Two Steps Back by John Gehring: “The bishops’ conference, and the American hierarchy more broadly, face a crossroads. Culture warriors are digging in. Self-appointed guardians of orthodoxy will only grow more emboldened now that they can claim another scalp. There is nothing joyful, inspiring, or authentically Catholic about any of this. Catholics on the left and right don’t have to agree on everything to recognize a better path is possible. The ideological purity tests and ugly character assassinations that sicken our secular body politic should be a cautionary tale for our church.”

The Human Costs of the War In Yemen by Jason Breslow: “Since war broke out last year between the government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi and fighters with the Houthi rebel movement, an estimated 2.8 million Yemenis — a population roughly the size of Nevada — have been displaced from their homes. More than 6,400 people have been killed, and over 30,500 wounded. According to Amnesty International, more civilians have died from airstrikes by an international coalition being led by Saudi Arabia — which entered the conflict in March 2015 — than from any other cause.”

Calling All Christians: The Responsibility to Protect by Matt Gobush: “World leaders’ acceptance of their Responsibility to Protect a decade ago is a reminder of man’s capacity for good and the hope for redemption that Christians share.”

A Confession of Liberal Intolerance by Nicholas Kristof: “Universities should be a hubbub of the full range of political perspectives from A to Z, not just from V to Z. So maybe we progressives could take a brief break from attacking the other side and more broadly incorporate values that we supposedly cherish — like diversity — in our own dominions.”