Pope Francis' decision to send Juan Barros, a bishop for 11 years who served as a military chaplain, to the southern Chilean city of Osorno has ignited new media coverage on Rev. Fernando Karadima, 84, a notorious pedophile in Chile who was ousted by the Vatican four years ago, and who Barros used to share a close connection with.
ROME -- "Welcome, this is a house for all. Your house."
Francis is not a scientist either, but that has not stopped him from leaning on something very close to scientific consensus and speaking confidently about global warming as a reality with dire moral implications -- especially for the poor and vulnerable.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Censoring South Florida Sea Level Rise - maybe state employees aren't allowed ...
While limited military intervention also seems necessary, we must be brutally realistic about what that might achieve. For most of the past 12 years in Iraq, the United States has bombed, deployed boots on the ground, and trained and armed the security forces.
I was honored to meet Pope Francis, just as I am honored to be welcomed in all communities and religions around the world who have taken part in Good Deeds Day, as a symbol of how our world can look all year round.
This will be the heart of Hillary Clinton's conversation with America: equal wages for women, a higher minimum wage for workers, a higher standard of living for all, a better education for students who want to learn and affordable education for the moms and dads who must pay for it.
My Pakistani Muslim friends are peace-loving people. I admire their strong sense of honor and the respect that they show for my Catholic beliefs. The relationship that I have with these Pakistanis makes Sunday's attack even more appalling to me.
In the last couple of days I've seen two headlines which make Leila Sansour's film-slash-human-rights-movement Open Bethlehem both perfect and important.
They say two LGBTQ groups in Boston were invited to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade this year. Progress is measured in years. We can't always see it. It moves too slow at times. But this year, I can certainly attest -- with the changes on parade, the long road to equality has dutifully risen to meet me.
While he has not substantially altered the content of that message which is often seen as conservative, Eurocentric, and resistant to the exigencies of history and social change, he is chipping away at its foundations through a new hermeneutic of multiplicity and inclusion.
With the second anniversary of Pope Francis on March 13, I was thinking about how one person has been able to inspire and unite so many people in such a short time, but not without some controversy. His early comment, "who am I to judge", certainly got it all going. This reminded me about the life of St. Patrick and the tolerance of the Irish.
When we look at the words and deeds of Pope Francis since his papacy, it is obvious that he has surpassed the expectations of many. The Francis effect is now the new narrative of the Catholic Church with all the positive consequences of this for realizing the mission of Roman Catholicism in the world.
On March 13, 2013, the election of Jorge Bergoglio, S.J. as pope was greeted with a frenzy of expectations that has become somewhat calmer over the past two years, but only somewhat, and with ample possibilities for renewed frenzy.
Fast-food workers and the millions of low-wage workers trapped in the margins of our economy are changing the world. Leaders in the faith community are standing with them along with tens of thousands of concerned people who believe in fairness.
"In essentials unity...in non-essentials liberty...in all things charity." I have heard this phrase for the greater part of my religious life. In fact, I am pretty sure I have used the phrase myself. It is a much more helpful position to adopt in this world of multi-religious beliefs.