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Trump’s 100th-day speech may have been the most hate-filled in modern history by Michael Gerson: “It is the job of responsible politics to prepare the way for new leaders, who believe that all of us are equal in dignity and tied together in a single destiny. But this can take place only if we refuse to normalize the language of hatred.”

Catholic Sen. Bob Casey tried unsuccessfully to stop the deportation of a mother and son. by Ashley McKinless: “On Wednesday, a woman and her 5-year-old son were deported to their native Honduras, where, the mother says, they face a death threat. The two had been held for over two years in the Berks County Residential Center, near Reading, Pa., as their claim for asylum worked its way through the courts and was ultimately rejected by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court.”

The Faith Community & Climate Change: A Q&A with Dan Misleh by John Gehring: “The Catholic approach holds that we are concerned about both God’s good gift of creation and the impacts of environmental degradation on people, especially those most vulnerable: the poor at home and abroad.”

Trump’s populism has nothing to do with helping the people who voted for him by EJ Dionne: “What it shows is that all that remains of Trump’s populism is the part that focuses on hatred and division. Giving actual help to the people who voted for him is not part of the plan.”

Trump’s nifty plan to spend more and hurt poor people more — at the same time! by Catherine Rampell: “Who says President Trump isn’t a policy genius? He’s figured out a clever way to spend more government money just to stick it to poor people.”

A Path to America, Marked by More and More Bodies by Manny Fernandez: “They make up a fraction of the death toll along the border in Texas. In just one county, the bodies and remains of more than 500 migrants have been found since 2009.”

Can the Catholic Church be a resource for women with postpartum depression? by Kerry Weber: “Despite the potential benefits of a faith community, Catholic women often cannot easily find Catholic resources that can help them to handle the challenges of depression and motherhood.”

The GOP Health-Care Bill Is an Abdication of Responsibility and a Moral Disgrace by Jonathan Chait: “Millions of Americans will lose access to medical care, and tens of thousands of them will die, and Congress is eager to hasten these results without knowing them more precisely. Their haste and secrecy are a way of distancing the House Republicans from the immorality of their actions.”

My Most Grievous Fault: The moral problem of wealth by Mike Stafford: “We participate in, and benefit from, structures of sin. But we are blind to our own role in them. We condemn the hypocrisy of, say, a Thomas Jefferson, who had the luxury to write noble words about human freedom and liberty because of the wealth generated by slaves- slaves who worked outside his very window while he sat quill-in-hand. But we are worse hypocrites. Jefferson at least had to look his bondsmen in the eye and knew them each by name- ours are anonymous nonpersons toiling in wretched conditions in, for example, the garment factories of Bangladesh, Myanmar, or the Maldives. They live and labor for us out of sight, and out of mind. But the Lord hears their cries, even if we do not.”

What might Pope Francis think about ‘The Benedict Option?’ A new talk gives clues. by Zac Davis: “Being a Christian in today’s culture is extremely and increasingly difficult. But perhaps it has always been this way, in all cultures, in all vocations.”

If I am murdered, may my children fight for life, not death by David Mills: “I’ve written our four children that if, heaven forfend, someone murdered their mother or me, that I expect them to do the same thing as Kayla Greenwood. I first wrote that I hoped they would, and then decided that this was a matter about which I wanted to be imperative.”

The American Health Care Act’s Prosperity Gospel by Vann Newkirk: “The AHCA, even by conservative think-tank calculations, will leave many low-income and sick people without insurance they can afford, and does so even as it makes health-care work better for healthy people. Brooks’s explanation, and his close association of morality and health, with the idea that “good lives” produce good health, is just a recasting of the prosperity gospel.”

Congenital heart disease is a pre existing condition which concerns Jimmy Kimmel and me by Kathy Mathews: “33 years ago had Matthew lived he would have had excellent insurance for his young life and then none. Those were very scary days for many sick babies, sick adults and their families. Why would we want to go back to those days?”