The most remarkable thing about the Pope is that what he is doing should not be remarkable. He is simply doing what Popes and Christians should do - care for the poor, critique inequity, interrupt injustice, surprise the world with grace, include the excluded and challenge the entitled.
Despite his rampant popularity and sound bytes that give lapsed Catholics great hope, Pope Francis cannot save a Church by himself, nor should he have to.
When women participate as a "non-minority" in any social structure, dialog and decision-making patterns become more collaborative. More options get on the table.
I periodically go to religious services for their moments of quiet and reflection. Too often I leave feeling the faith leader missed an opportunity to reach the congregants and to advance the cause of humanity. But I am also fortunate to know some faith leaders who, like the Pope, dare to show the way.
Sure, the religious right is still teamed up with conservative politicians in their battle against gay marriage, abortion, and immigration reform -- but the days of Americans actually heeding what they say is over.
On January 26, 2014, Pope Francis I sat at a window in front of a crowd and released two doves of peace, which were immediately attacked by a seagull and a hooded crow. People speculated, usually with a bit of humor, that the incident might presage a coming apocalypse.
I've been deeply moved by your passionate defense of the poor, your willingness to call unbridled capitalism what it is. But I have been far less moved by what you have been saying about women.
If you think Kardashian media coverage has reached critical mass and will end, think again. If you think the U.S. congress's public opinion polls coul...
The Internet can be a rugged neighborhood, but it's where the Gospel needs to be preached and people seen as neighbors not enemies. It's no place for digital wimps, but it is one more place where Pope Francis calls the church to be.
Today, excommunicated and defrocked Roman Catholic Maryknoll priest and peace activist Roy Bourgeois, published an open letter to Pope Francis I. In ...
The crisis of power is troubling, especially when it comes to tackling some of the world's most serious threats. There are a great -- and mounting -- number of issues that require collective international action.
Francis' message is clear: as people and institutions, we need to be welcoming, not defer to the dogma of powerful, hierarchical authorities. This is more and more the lesson taking off in my field as well, where a powerful concept of recovery is spreading.
The Jesus story is still out of sync with the way we treat females. Rather, we're still out of sync with Jesus. Women are still abused, raped, killed, marginalized, belittled and insulted.
This personal and institutional modesty appeals to many U.S. Catholics, especially those who had been put off by the seeming arrogance of the Vatican. Reflecting this change 88 percent of U.S. Catholics think Francis is doing a good job in his role as Pope.
Pope Francis is a man who wants us to understand each other no matter what our differences may be and to do our best to help one another. And that is the core of what every religion should be.
Let's begin on what Pope Francis has done just last year as we are now in this brand new year of 2014. He ditched the Papal limousine, and instead is driven around in a regular car. He refused the traditional gold Papal cross, yet instead chooses a simple silver one. And there is more.