Setting: Philadelphia, PA and South Jersey. The week before the Pope's September 2015 visit to Philadelphia. Characters: Everyone in the Philadelph...
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In an era where "cultured despisers of religion" -- a term used by Friedrich Schleiermacher two centuries ago, critiquing the prevailing ethos of Europe during his day -- fail to note the power and feeling of authentic faith and practice, the mission of Pope Francis to America comes at a pivotal moment in world history.
Economic inequality is not about food stamps and homeless shelters. It is about being a devotee of social justice and equality. Pope Francis has reminded us that these issues are not political issues - they are moral issues. We must always strive to remember that fact.
As we have seen, Pope Francis is not just paying lip service to those reforms - he is embracing them wholeheartedly. And yet, there is still work to be done.
It's not an unusual profile of a Catholic family in the U.S. these days. A Pew survey on the eve of the pope's visit confirms that one in four Americans raised Catholic are now "ex." Millions more are somewhere between "in" and "out."
Pope Francis' message is firmly grounded in the teachings of Jesus and Christian doctrine as applied to the broken world we find ourselves in today. What is new is that we have a messenger so powerfully capable of conveying this message.
My fears and doubts once clouded my ability to see clearly. There was a time I believed that the Church would never accept me for who I am and that I could never find happiness in life as a gay Catholic. So thank you, Pope Francis, for welcoming me back to the Church.
Ichthys will be placed on a letter to the Pope that will be sent to him on the eve of his visit. The letter, which anyone can sign online, thanks the Pope for his leadership on climate change and urges the signers to consider his message.
Arizona GOP Congressman Paul Gosar announced he was going to boycott Pope Francis' speech to Congress, because he doesn't think the Catholic pontiff speaks out against Islamic extremism, or sticks up for oppressed Christians in the Middle East. But evidence shows Pope Francis is already doing both.
What about Pope Francis? Will he ever bless the ordination of women, or will he continue to keep women in their place? I deeply admire Pope Francis. His warmth and compassion, his candor and humanity are a breath of fresh air. His love for the poor and his commitment to people rather than to an established hierarchy are inspirational.
In this glorious cosmic penthouse, also known as Earth's atmosphere, we store garbage, notably greenhouse gases that cause climate change. We abuse the penthouse because we pay nothing for it. Yet all life is made possible by that rare space.
Pope Francis announced cardinal changes to the church's annulment procedure last week, making it easier and cheaper for Catholics to dissolve a marriage.
The Catholic Church has been a political force in Europe for more than a millennium, and more than a fifth of all Americans were raised or are practicing Catholics. Bilateral ties with the Papal States, established in 1848, lapsed in 1867, due to increasing anti-Catholic sentiment in the U.S.
The detachment from the Pope's remarks, be it climate change or addressing injustices and inequalities will only further explicate with the Pope's visit to Congress next month. For at that moment, the GOP may well acknowledge, their detachment from reality, their detachment from morality.
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