Why invite 40 millennials and not the top 40 CEOs? What sort of insight can we offer that the world's foremost academics on social inclusion couldn't? How can a heterogeneous group with diverse religious beliefs help shape a debate hosted at the center of the Catholic world?
The nation's largest religious body is also by far the most likely to have its congregations take to the streets in public demonstrations or lobby the halls of power on moral issues, a new study finds.
Mary Deeley looks me in the eye and laughs as she tells me the three men who top the invite list for her daughter's wedding. Sitting with her arms outstretched in a chair at Northwestern University's Sheil Catholic Center, Mary continues our conversation in a speedy and reverent tone.
The Pope Francis phenomenon is a reminder, yet again, that spirituality and not secularity is the driving force of modern life; it is his spiritual intensity that sets him apart and that provides the best answer to the spiritual emptiness of our time.
The recent distraction about the purported "Marxist" beliefs of Pope Francis pronounced by people who have obviously not taken the time to read his recent exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium," (The Joy of the Gospel) is just that, a distraction.
Pope Francis knows that Heaven is created in community. The Kingdom of God is among us. Will we heed his teachings? Are we ready to follow his example? Are we willing to love our neighbors as ourselves?
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.
We're stuck in an economic system and a belief system in which money is no longer a mere medium of exchange but an end in itself, the accumulation of which is crucial to one's individual survival but toxic to our collective survival.
Pope Francis' denunciation of predatory capitalism along with the willful disregard for its pernicious consequences has not set off any fireworks. Just the opposite. What is stunning is the tepid response -- such as it is.