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I got pregnant. I chose to keep my baby. And my Christian school humiliated me. by Madeline Runkles: “My school could have made an example of how to treat a student who made a mistake, owned up to it, accepted the consequences, and is now being supported in her decision to choose life. But they didn’t. It is my hope that the next Christian school will make the right decision when the time comes.”

Forget ‘Left v. Right’ — look for ‘bright’ and ‘Catholic,’ cardinal says by John Allen and Ines San Martin: “Early in his career, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria, was seen as a conservative protégé of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, while today he’s mostly viewed as a progressive ally of Pope Francis. Rather than any fundamental shift in himself or the Church, Schönborn says, what that illustrates is the inadequacy of the categories of ‘left v. right’ to begin with.”

Pope Francis and workers in Genoa by  Michael Sean Winters: “It is always odd to me that some of our conservative friends believe the church belongs in the bedroom dispensing advice but should be silent in the board room. Also odd that the left welcomes the introduction of ethics into the world of business but thinks sexual relations are “personal” and beyond the reach of the church’s concern. No, human dignity is implicated in the decisions made in both rooms, and for the Christian, human dignity is always rooted in what has been revealed to us in Christ Jesus, in whom we discern our true vocation as children of God.”

Canadian Catholic TV network relies on young adults to evangelize the world by Michael O’Loughlin: “Salt + Light makes it a point to have a range of voices on staff, who over the years have come from more than 20 countries and have represented various traditions and understandings of the church in the world today.”

Bishop Stephen Blaire: On faith rising above politics by Bill Patenaude: “For a final question, I asked Bishop Blaire for his thoughts about the current divisions within the Church over issues like ecology. He said—prophetically, it seems—that for too many people, their politics may inform, or challenge, their faith when it should be the other way around.”

Empathy was his greatest weapon; remembering Mexican journalist Javier Valdez by Jan-Albert Hootsen: “Three weeks later, on May 15, Javier left the editorial offices of Ríodoce, the magazine he co-founded and edited. Around noon, and just a few blocks away, gunmen stopped his car, forced him out and shot him 12 times. He died just a few minutes later; he was 50 years old.”

Three Republican EPA administrators: Trump is putting us on a dangerous path by William D. Ruckelshaus, Lee M. Thomas and William K. Reilly: “With no seeming clue as to what’s going on, the president seems to have cast our lot with a small coterie of climate skeptics and their industry allies rather than trying to better understand the impact of increased greenhouse-gas emissions into the atmosphere. His policy of willful ignorance is a bet-the-house approach that is destructive of responsible government.”

Another deadly consequence of climate change: The spread of dangerous diseases by Brian Deese and Ronald Klain: “The only way to keep our country safe is to better understand the science behind climate change and disease, better prepare our communities and public-health officials to respond, and better arm other countries to anticipate the spread of these threats before they spill over national borders. Denying this reality will have deadly consequences.”

Climate of Folly by Anthony Annett: “For there is nothing prudent about Trump’s environmental policies, which are distinguished by their blithe disregard for consequences. The church’s leadership in this country needs to admonish Catholic politicians and institutions providing cover for such recklessness—even if this means losing some financial contributions.”