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Single by Default by Jessica Keating: “Perhaps my single life, like so many others, is not a vocation. Yet I am also called to holiness today, now, here.”

What Assad and Putin are doing in Syria “is not counter-terrorism. It is barbarism.” by Jennifer Williams: “There have been 382 attacks on medical facilities in Syria between March 2011, when the Syrian civil war began, and June 2016, according to data collected by Physicians for Human Rights. Of those strikes, at least 344 — or 90 percent — were conducted by Syrian government forces or Russian forces fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

How the Catholic Church needs to fight racism by Matt Hadro: “A new pastoral letter on racism is in the works, the bishops confirmed. Archbishop Kurtz issued a statement on race relations in June of 2015, but a pastoral letter would be the first new such letter by the bishops since “Brothers and Sisters In Us” from 1979.”

By 2025, 99.6% of Paul Ryan’s tax cuts would go to the richest 1% of Americans by Max Ehrenfreund: “The House Republicans’ proposal for tax relief could force the government to borrow trillions of dollars to continue operating and might even weaken the economy, according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.  By 2025, when the reductions would be fully implemented, 99.6 percent of the tax cuts would benefit the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans, according to the analysis.”

The Siren Song of “Strongmania” by Minxin Pei: “Like today’s leaders, they would often ride to power on a wave of public anger against the perceived failures of democracy – failures that they had no intention of fixing. Instead, once in office, they would often pursue an entirely different agenda – one that usually made things much worse.”

Why Only Cafeteria Catholics Can Survive in American Politics by Emma Green: “This sense of ideological homelessness is arguably responsible for the loss of distinctive Catholic identity among politicians and voters—and for division within the Church itself. “There’s almost a kind of crisis for the Catholic Church in America today associated with the polarization that comes from our political culture, that’s insinuated itself into our pews,” said Schneck. “What it is that’s Catholic is being lost as a result of the [politicized] … way in which individual Catholics think about their faith.””

Darkness and fear in Aleppo as the bombs rain down by Liz Sly and Louisa Loveluck: “Entire families sleep in one room, because they prefer to die together than to create orphans, widows, or bereaved parents.”

The Power of a Powerless Addict by David Lapp: “The man who overdosed last week on my quiet street, slumped pathetically over his truck’s steering wheel, is not a lost cause.”

How decades of divorce helped erode religion by Julie Zauzmer: “Divorce rates climbed to the highest levels ever in the 1980s, when about half of all marriages ended in divorce.  And in the present day, Americans are rapidly becoming less religious. Since 1972, the share of Americans who say they do not adhere to any particular religion has increased from 5 percent of the population to 25 percent. Could those two trends be related? A new study from the Public Religion Research Institute says yes.”

Interview: On faith and science with Brother Guy Consolmagno: “I never saw science as opposed to religion. It is important to show the world that the Church supports science. We must proselytize science to Catholics.”

The Francis Effect Isn’t About Numbers by Timothy O’Malley: “If there’s going to be a Francis effect, it will not unfold because the Holy Father gives homilies that draws hundreds of thousands back to the Church or holds impromptu press conferences on airplanes. This is naive, the last vestige of a clericalization within Catholicism that just won’t die.”