Daily links: Monday, Sept. 12: Post 9/11, 50 new planets, and Mormons against gay-bashing

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The day after the 10th anniversary of 9/11, EJ Dionne has some interesting reflections based on yesterday's Mass readings--a challenging message in light of our national reaction to the attacks. Mayor Bloomberg's decision to exclude clergy from the 9/11 memorial podium is still making waves.

If you're itching to do some mission work, astronomers have discovered 50 new planets, including some in the "habitable zone" that may sustain life. The Vatican better get to work on a papal spaceship.

Morning's Minion over at Vox Nova makes a Catholic case for unions in both the public and private sector, while the Philadelphia archdiocese continues negotiations with its teachers' union.

And in some good news in response to bad news: Mormons join other believers in condemning anti-gay violence in Salt Lake City.