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Florida bishops say use of death penalty ‘sanctions revenge’ by CNS

“Using capital punishment to show that killing is wrong ‘sanctions revenge,’ Florida’s seven Catholic bishops said in a letter to Gov. Rick Scott.”

Eucharist nourishes, sustains and should transform people, pope say by CNS

“In the Eucharist, Jesus makes himself the food that nourishes and sustains Catholics, even when the road gets rough, Pope Francis said before leading a Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome.”

I’m Gay, but I’m Not Switching to a Church That Supports Gay Marriage by Eva Tushnet

“For me the call to love takes the form of service to those in need, prayer, and, above all, loving friendship…Renewing this Christian understanding of friendship would help to make the Church a place where gay people have more opportunities for devoted, honored love—not fewer.”

Two-child limit imposed on some Muslims in western Burma by AP

“Authorities in Burma’s western state of Rakhine have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing in the aftermath of sectarian violence.”

Pope Francis spotlights social teaching with blunt calls for ethical economy by MSW, NCR

“U.S. Catholics on the front lines of social justice struggles expressed delight at Pope Francis’ frequent references to caring for the poor, his trenchant remarks about ‘savage capitalism,’ and his calls for government intervention to pursue the common good in the face of hostile market forces.”

The church in a land of climate change by Jonathan Merritt, RNS

“In America, climate change is a matter of debate, but in places like Malawi, it’s a matter of life and death.”

One man’s defiance inspires a region to stand up to the Taliban by David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times

“The insurgents here are hardly vanquished. But the Panjwayi revolt is perhaps the most significant of such local rebellions in Afghanistan. It has expanded and — so far — succeeded as a model of Afghan-driven security backed by U.S. combat power.”

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All the Lonely People by Ross Douthat

“As the University of Virginia sociologist Brad Wilcox pointed out recently, there’s a strong link between suicide and weakened social ties: people — and especially men — become more likely to kill themselves ‘when they get disconnected from society’s core institutions (e.g., marriage, religion) or when their economic prospects take a dive (e.g., unemployment).’ That’s exactly what we’ve seen happen lately among the middle-aged male population, whose suicide rates have climbed the fastest: a retreat from family obligations, from civic and religious participation, and from full-time paying work.”

Europe Si, Acton No by Morning’s Minion, Vox Nova

“Yes, there are many economic problems with Europe that need urgent attention today – problems of incomplete integration, deep-rooted structural problems in the southern countries. The economic crisis is far from over.

To get beyond these problems, I believe that Europe needs the light of Catholic Social Teaching, urgently. But so does the US, which is even further away from that light.

For the evidence teaches us that the Catholic approach to economics is not just naïve wishful thinking. It can lead to better economic outcomes than its free market alternative. Thus libertarian economics is both morally and practically flawed. It is time for Catholics across the spectrum to start pushing back against the ruinous libertarian agenda and reclaim our full heritage.”

The ‘Mind’ and ‘Heart’ of Pope Francis on Ethics and Economics by John Carr, America

“Pope Francis takes on the secularism that suggests we can build the good society without God and the materialism that says we measure society by what we have or produce instead of how we care for one another, especially the poor and vulnerable. He takes on excessive individualism in both personal life where “choice” trumps almost all else and in economic life where “the absolute autonomy of markets” is the source of all power and wisdom. Worship of these secular idols undermines the common good and leaves the poor behind.”

Pope Francis on “rethinking solidarity” at Centesimus Annus conference by Vatican Radio

“The root causes of the current crisis are not only economic and financial, but ethical and anthropological, where the “idols of power, of profit, of money,” are valued more than “the human person.””

Proposed law to protect Afghan women faces backlash, Washington Post

“Since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001, Afghan women have made substantial gains in access to jobs, education and public life. But the position of girls and women in family life has remained weak and subservient, and they are vulnerable to abuse. Now, with NATO forces preparing to withdraw in 2014 and Taliban influence on the rise, there are growing concerns that the gains could be reversed.”

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Why the world doesn’t take Catholicism seriously by Matthew Warner

“We need an army of saints willing to live a radical life for Christ and others. Saints are compelling. Empty words and prideful lectures are not.”

A Mother’s Day plea to stop equating adoption with abandonment by Nina Easton

“Adoption should be an empowering option for young women in crisis, knowing that the people around them — family, friends, church — will respect their choice.”

To the Class of 2013: Resist Simplicity By Stephen L. Carter

“Simplicity is the enemy of serious thought, and serious thought is what this world desperately needs. And if we Americans find ourselves unable or unwilling to take the time to think deeply, then some wiser, more serious, more reflective culture will supersede ours. And our defeat will be entirely deserved.”

Proposals abound for a ‘Franciscan reform’ of the Vatican by John Allen

“In broad strokes, most observers believe Francis wants to accomplish at least three things:

  • Greater coordination among the Vatican’s departments, which notoriously can operate like independent fiefdoms and occasionally work at cross-purposes.

  • Greater collegiality in decision-making, including a Vatican that does a better job of listening to the voices of local churches around the world.

  • Greater transparency in the mechanisms of governance, perhaps especially in terms of financial administration.”

Central African Republic bishops: Christians subject to pillage, rape by CNS

“Islamist rebels who have taken over Central African Republic are targeting Christians and their churches, and the population is “living in permanent anguish,” said the Catholic bishops’ justice and peace commission.”

Pope: Unemployment, slave labor go against God’s plan, human dignity by Carol Glatz, CNS

“The problem of unemployment is ‘very often caused by a purely economic view of society, which seeks self-centered profit, outside the bounds of social justice,’ he said, marking the May 1 feast of St. Joseph the Worker during his weekly general audience.”

Pope at Mass: Christian joy far from simple fun by Vatican Radio

“Christian joy is a pilgrim joy that we cannot keep ‘bottled up’ for ourselves, or we risk becoming a ‘melancholy’ and ‘nostalgic’ community. Moreover, Christian joy is far from simple fun. It is something deeper than fleeting happiness, because it is rooted in our certainty that Jesus Christ is with God and with us.”

The Mind of Francis: Capitalism, Jobs & Globalization by Thomas Reese

“He noted that the church is not only against communism but also ‘against the wild economic liberalism we see today.’ In Latin America, ‘liberalism’ describes what we in the United States would refer to as economic libertarianism.”

Pope Francis and the Reform of the Laity by Father Roger Landry

“One of the wild grapes that flows from the vine of clericalism, the future Pope said in El Jesuita, is a hypercritical spirit that leads some Catholic priests and faithful to expend most of their energy censuring others inside and outside the Church rather than seeking to live and share the joy of the Christian faith.”

It’s Not Women Who Should Lean In; It’s Men Who Should Step Back by James Allworth, HBR

“As I read, I wondered: why is it the women who should be copying the men? Why can’t it be the men who could be well served by taking a page out of an entirely different book: that of the very women Lean In is advising to change? What it is about women that men could emulate to make our workplaces, our families, and our society in general a better place?”

Parents as Stewards: Rejecting the Commodification of Reproduction by Dana Dillon, CMT

“Happily, Catholic moral theology offers a vision that makes sense of this reality. These children, it would remind us, are persons, possessing absolute innate dignity. They are not commodities to be acquired for the benefit they provide. They can never be reduced to an expression of others’ choices, not even the choices of those who play a part in their conception.”