Perhaps God has continued to wink at us in ways both small and larger ways through harsh decades, offering hope and promise, despite pervasive corruption and "spiritual diseases" and betrayals akin to what has been happening, but previously ignored, in Rome.
At their best, Jesuits implement their founder's strengths: Ignatius was a practical mystic. He stared at the stars on Rome's rooftops by night and administered his order like a grand strategist by day
As Francis has repeated on several occasions, "the Pope emeritus is not a statue in a museum. It is an institution," which "participates in the life of the Church." This new "institution" is a consequence of Benedict's historical resignation on February 11, 2013. It has "opened the door," according to Jorge Bergoglio. Meaning, he could very well do the same.
Loath as we are to admit it, there was no single Biggest Winner Of 2014, because the award must be handed, collectively, to the Republican Party. A case could be made for Mitch McConnell, since he will win the biggest prize of any Republican next year: control of the United States Senate.
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When worker rights are denied, it makes it easy for those in power to abuse the system at the expense of the average citizen and immigrant alike.
The impact of Obama's decision is going to be felt far beyond Miami and Havana. America's standing in Latin America just received a zeppelin-sized dose of helium.
In the new year, I expect further diplomatic breakthroughs. I strongly suspect that by next Christmas we may see the Catholic Church enjoying normalized relations with the Chinese government.
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When he personally delivers his message on January 1st, I trust the Pope will point out that there is no other institution more capable of generating a "mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself" than the one he himself leads.
We have this conundrum of who has a soul and who goes to heaven because the basic premise on the question is rather absurd. The concept of a soul is fatally flawed, just as is the idea of dualism.
As an openly gay Jesuit I sought ordination to the priesthood publicly acknowledging that I could not serve with integrity and not be allowed to bless same-sex unions through sacramental marriage.
For American Catholics to confront American torture, we have to confront our own tortured and torturing history as a church.
It is fair to describe Pope Francis's summons as a call to Christian adulthood, but not in some superficial or trite sense. Rather he expects all Catholics to show a spirit of leadership, independence, and good judgment.
Pet owners are rejoicing, and indeed even a nonbeliever like me finds it charming. Still, I worry: does His Holiness include bacteria? He had better, because bacteria are part of who we are -- a big part.
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