With poverty levels stagnant, many more battles will be necessary to ensure fairness and justice for everyone, including the poor who Pope Francis called on our leaders to protect.
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 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.
Of course I would go. The White House itself is a draw on a beautiful fall day. I finally arrived on the south lawn with the green grass expanse between the White House rear balconies and the Washington monument. Magical.
Pope Francis' speech at the Curran-Frumhold Correctional Facility was not explicit in any one message. Throughout, the Pope referenced Jesus' washing of the disciples' feet and taught about service, not serving time, but people in power serving others regardless of their present status.
My generation of Catholics has seen a lot of decline. The memories I have of a neighborhood bursting at the seams with Catholic parishes, participating parishioners, priests, nuns, students, service groups and athletic teams seems like a distant dream.
Pope Francis speaks not just to Catholics firm in their religious convictions, but also those of us who are "lost," still inextricably connected to the Church that raised us, but are categorically unable or unwilling to reconcile our consciences with some of its social teachings.
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In a TMFS sketch, the head of Catholic Republicans For America reacts to the visit of Pope Francis to the United States.
Looking at this new pope, I thought we've come a long way. This is someone who looks at the world's population and sees all their goodness, no matter what their circumstances.
Although he still ends most encounters with the petition, "Pray for me," he is smiling and radiant. In accepting the heavy cargo that is the papacy, with all of its entanglements, intrigues, risks and dangers, and its daily uncertainties, Pope Francis is calm and reassuring.
Perhaps the pope's statement that when it comes to the difficult issues of the day, "We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions," simply could not be heard in the political polarization that dominates Congress today.
The leaders of the world's two largest economies and greatest sources of climate pollution, each leaning into the environmental challenge of our times, pushed the world forward.
The Buddha clearly taught about the dangers of greed, hatred and ignorance, what he called the three poisons, that Trump seems to display quite frequently.
Whether Pope Francis was addressing the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, or making speeches on difficult global issues like immigration, refugees, climate change, and war or visiting students, memorials, or joining with thousands of families at public events, his genuine voice and his presence was heard in America this week.
While we recognize that church dogma about abortion and contraception is not likely to change in the near future, Pope Francis's decision to shift the conversation is illuminating the disparities between his emphasis on compassion and the practices espoused by the U.S. Catholic Church.