Such a story is raising hope among activists and progressive Catholics, many of whom have left the church behind but still recognize its potential power as a source for good in many parts of the world.
Lapsed Catholic, atheist and people of other religions have all declared themselves a fan of this Pope. And, as a Baptist minister so have I. Pope Francis is the religious figure that the world has been waiting for.
Yes, we should solve the problems of poverty and growing inequality, but how? Is there any clear and better alternative to replace the existing free market or economic system? What is the real structural cause of inequality?
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.
If I can provide any insight as a Muslim observer of Christianity, it is that many American Christians do not really appreciate what wondrous beauty they have in the character of Jesus, their teacher.
Look, if you're branding the leader of one the most conservative organizations on earth as too liberal and claiming Jesus was a capitalist, then you've jumped the shark.
The pope is not a politician, a media loudmouth or an activist. He is a religious figure.
Mary Matalin and Jonathan Alter debate whether Obamacare's Relaunch retook the health offensive and can revive it. Mary then describes what a Catholic conservative thinks about a Pope attacking "trickle down" policies and Limbaugh attacking the Pope for "pure Marxism." Also: What War on Xmas?
Christians of the world are calling on our leaders to act. We are not asking for anything more than we know can be done. Join us in prayer at noon on Dec. 10 and together we can create a world in which the lowly are lifted up and the hungry are filled.
It's all about coming together. If that happens, hunger can be defeated.
"The Pope... has the responsibility, as Christ's ambassador, to remind the rich to help the poor, not to endorse any government to force people to. Th...
It was a week of political protests, papal action, and the historic loss of Nelson Mandela. Separate the ridiculous from the redeeming by taking our Week to Week news quiz.
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' recent encyclical is sending shock waves around the world. In addition to exhortations to the faithful, Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel") packs a scathing critique of "unbridled" capitalism and consumerism.
In addition to the contentious roll out of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's recent speech on income inequality sends a clear message to his opponents: he is not and will not back down on advocating and fighting for his core beliefs.