Pope Francis is more than the leader of one billion Roman Catholics. He is a key person in a global "Interfaith Age" embracing many faiths and religious leaders.
The minister at a beautiful outdoor wedding I attended last month wore a shawl with symbols of numerous faiths. The person sitting next to me whispered in my ear, "That woman has found a growing industry."
Young people at Eastside Catholic High School, a private school in a suburb of Seattle, Washington have taken this Pope's words as infallible, but, unfortunately, the administration under the archdiocese of their school must not have received the memo.
The implementation of Obamacare, with its tremendous impact on the cost and delivery of medical care to all Americans, now faces major legal objections and procedural problems. These challenges show the need for major legislative reform and judicial restraint in the near future.
I support atheists' fight to be viewed in the same light as any religious person. After all, atheists can be just as compassionate, as loving and as giving as anyone else, regardless of whether they believe in God or not, so why should they be treated differently?
One who would preach the gospel effectively must, like Jesus, identify with the vulnerable of the earth, stand with them, and be a voice for their liberation.
In a sign of his unlikely widespread appeal, Pope Francis was named Person of the Year by Time magazine and The Advocate. This is surely one of the most quotable Vicars of Christ in memory. Here are my favorites.
Every definition of both "activism" and "advocate" requires intentional work in the service of a goal. The pope is neither activist nor advocate.
This may seem counterintuitive, but the same church that has (rightly) spoken out so forcefully on the excesses and the limitations of capitalism desperately needs some capitalistic skills
Does the religious freedom of a company's owners trump that of its employees? Are some "persons" more equal than others?
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has recently been in the news for staging a public exorcism on the day Gov. Pat Quinn signed marriage equality into law in Illinois. Bishop Paprocki's actions raise a few questions: What is the state of his diocese? If it is in decline, then why?
Really? In a year full of LGBT rights milestones, it's Pope Francis who's the "person of the year," simply for pulling slightly back from Benedict's bigotry? We're handing out accolades because someone makes us feel hopey-changey?
If Christ had wanted us to put helping, comforting and caring for each other ahead of blind bigotry and the frenzied accumulation of wealth, he would have said something about it in the Bible!
Much as we'd like to let our film, Philomena, speak for itself, Kyle Smith's heavy handed attack upon the lady whose story we told compels us to reply.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan has claimed that the Catholic Church is not anti-gay. Dolan's right. The Catholic Church isn't anti-gay, but evidence suggests its bishops certainly are. Catholic bishops' opposition to marriage equality is intense, if not particularly effective.
The pope is hardly alone in criticizing trickle-down economics. David Stockman, one of the architects of Reaganomics, was no pinko commie when he expressed grave second thoughts about supply-side economics. At least Francis did not use the horse manure analogy of John Kenneth Galbraith.