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A Larger Solidarity ‘Populorum Progressio’ at Fifty by Barry Hudock: “Attentiveness to “human” elements of development—including culture, community, family, the environment, and human rights—yields an integral human development. This line of argument reflected the influence of some of the brightest lights of the Catholic intellectual world of the day, including the philosopher Jacques Maritain and the Dominican priest and social scientist Louis-Joseph Lebret.”

Is the Pope the Anti-Trump? by Austen Ivereigh: “In Francis’s post-neoliberal future, the poor of the world act with the church and civil-society organizations to create an economy that serves human flourishing, while calling on states to receive migrants in solidarity. In Mr. Trump’s post-neoliberal future, former chief executives, billionaire hedge-fund managers and real estate moguls dismantle the state to make capitalism yet more liquid, but use the state to stiffen borders.”

Bannon’s dangerous ‘deconstruction’ by EJ Dionne: “In practice, this is a war on a century’s worth of work to keep our air and water clean; our food, drugs and workplaces safe; the rights of employees protected; and the marketplace fair and unrigged.”

Al-Qaeda likes Steve Bannon so much, they put him on the cover of their official newspaper by Amanda Erickson: “The way al-Qaeda tells it, the West is locked in an existential war with Islam. This is how the terrorist group justifies its violence and its fundamentalist ideology. And now it has found a Westerner to back them up — top Trump adviser Steve Bannon.”

How the New Feminist Resistance Leaves Out American Women by Lauren Enriquez: “Women face hurdles in pregnancy. But I refuse to accept that peddling death in the face of crisis can ever truly empower a woman.”

Donald Trump and the New Dawn of Tyranny by Timothy Snyder: “A basic weapon of regime changers, as fascists realized nearly a century ago, is to destroy the concept of truth. Democracy requires the rule of law, the rule of law depends upon trust, and trust depends upon citizens’ acceptance of factuality. The president and his aides actively seek to destroy Americans’ sense of reality. Not only does the White House spread “alternative facts,” but Kellyanne Conway openly proclaims this as right and good. Post-factuality is pre-fascism.”

What We Already Know About Trump’s Ties to Russia Amounts to Treachery to the Republic by Jonathan Chait: “The scandal is spinning off in multiple directions, but at bottom it suggests a betrayal of American sovereignty by Trump that is unprecedented in the history of the republic. For a still-unclear combination of reasons — greed for power, greed for money, vulnerability to blackmail, or motivations unknown — the incoming administration cooperated with the undermining of American democracy by a hostile foreign power.”

The Death of Community and the Rise of Trump by Emma Green: “More and more white Americans are being pulled toward isolation, away from the thick knit of civic and religious life that has long defined American political culture.”

Why a Yale neuroscientist decided to change careers — and is now becoming a priest By Julie Zauzmer: “Eventually, the calling he felt from God became too powerful to ignore. The promising neuroscientist left the Ivy League research laboratory — and entered seminary at Catholic University of America in Northeast D.C. to become a priest.”

Does Hookup Culture Exist Off Campus? by Amber Lapp: “Hookup culture might not exist in the same form off campus as it does on campus—in part because of differing cultural values and priorities surrounding family and career—but there are startling similarities between the sexual cultures in both places.”