It was with great sadness that many throughout Indian country watched last Wednesday's canonization of Junípero Serra. Billed as a historic moment in which the pope elevated the first Hispanic priest to sainthood on U.S. soil; Serra's controversial background was largely overlooked.
The Vatican allowed Kim Davis to dominate the message and prompt reaction from LGBT Catholics groups that no longer jibes with what they are saying really happened. Private meeting? I doubt he even knew who she was.
I like the pope just as much as the next person. But when confronted with this juxtaposition of public support of civil rights versus secret intolerance, it is hard not to feel dismay. If Pope Francis is taking a more liberal stance and supports gay marriage, then the secrecy isn't needed.
The news that Pope Francis met with Kim Davis raises a series of questions that must be answered urgently. Let's begin with trying to understand what happened. And so we should ask: Did Pope Francis know who Kim Davis is? Was he aware of the consequences that were sure to follow his meeting with her?
The world has a problem of gender of religious proportions. We need a reformation, perhaps a revolution, to tear down the altars to male power and rebuild a global sanctuary of inclusion, equity, justice, peace, and love.
The alarming thing - for those who live the church and know its social and institutional fabric - is the cynical and unscrupulous attempt to exploit the person of the pope in order to score a point in favor of the ideological opponents of the pope
With the monkey off his back, Boehner is expected to push through a bipartisan government funding bill that avoids a government shutdown. But paying the light bill isn't exactly a valiant bow-out or a game changer for his party's ailing long-term health.
As a millennial, I often think about the world I will be leaving my children if we, as a generation, continue on the current economic and political path. It is we who will inherit the impending trials and tribulations of the uncertainty of our economy and ecology.
Pope Francis embodies the tenderness of God's mercy. From comforting families who lost loved ones on September 11 in New York City to proclaiming hope to the prisoners in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia, Pope Francis has embodied God's tender mercy.
When Pope Francis, in his historic speech to Congress, spotlighted Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, I let out a shout -- and no wonder. Just minutes before, I had finished the pitch to a literary agent for my book project.
Let's take a look out how the major themes addressed by the head of the Catholic Church align the most not with any of the Catholic candidates but with the sole Jewish one.
Pope Francis, you are likely a wonderful person but you apparently have little sense of justice when it comes to the marginalized and still disenfranchised Indigenous peoples of America.
The right is showing their stripes and they are stripes of fear. The prospect of practicing what they claim to preach has been masterfully elaborated upon and interpreted by someone whom many consider to be the last word in Christian doctrine.
This week, the nation was transfixed by the radical humility of Pope Francis. In the midst of an ugly campaign season already marked by xenophobia, scapegoating, and cruelty, this very different Pope brought a very different message. While addressing a joint session of Congress, and again at the United Nations, he urged leaders to see the humanity of those affected by their actions, or lack of action. They should view refugees "as persons... trying to respond as best we can to their situation." He cited the Golden Rule, but expanded it for his Congressional audience, urging the politicians to "seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves." At the UN he called for "an examination of conscience," and asked that "real human beings take precedence over partisan interests." It was a master class in true leadership, and the awesome power of humility. Let's hope the Pope's spirit lingers long after he leaves.
The flood of benevolent media coverage for Francis would seem a form of respite to the beleaguered archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, who has closed parishes in dealing with deficits from scandal-driven legal bills. But for David Clohessy, director of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), the prospects of Francis meeting with survivors held scant hope.
Boehner certainly picked an interesting time to step down. Before his announcement, we were facing the possibility of a government shutdown as early as next week. However, the Senate doesn't seem to be backing the "shut it down" caucus on this particular fracas.