We will watch closely as this milestone papacy unfolds, but I am optimistic that Francis will champion the need for access to education that prepares ethical leaders.
Why did Pope Francis, as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, rail against gays in such a bigoted way after he was unsuccessful in getting support for civil unions in Argentina? Because one doesn't become pope by doing otherwise.
I might not believe in God, but I believe that Catholics and atheists can work together just as all of humanity can work together towards equality and justice when we put the needs of modern people first and the arcane doctrine second.
Just as some people believe that "size is everything," there are certain audiences who assume that the bigger and flashier the production placed before them, the greater its artistic value. Unfortunately, such is not always the case.
In Pope Francis' brief homily for the inaugural Mass of his papal ministry, he emphasized something that should be familiar to American Catholics who have seen a certain motto sometimes displayed on police cars.
Brighter Light, cameras and action! "Jesus, Mary and Joseph" are on the altar of sacrifice and the world stage with Pope Francis. At the Vatican, the new pope will walk fervently in his simple shoes and enter humbly into the most mystical drama on earth, The Holy Mass.
However it came about, the Vatican is now ruled by a Jesuit pope committed to helping the powerless and the poor, and his election was apparently made possible by the downfall of the privileged and the greedy.
When the new pope supports the freedom and equality of all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and when he shows the world that he has the courage to expose and prosecute every child-raping priest in the Catholic Church, I'll have some respect for him.
Teaming is not only an important skill for Christian leaders and workers; it is fast becoming the skill of the age.
I am not a good Catholic.
I have not been to confession for over 20 years. I don't go to mass and I don't give money to the church. More importantly,...
After having watched leaders in the United States who had good intentions, get lost on their intended way, I have five humble suggestions for this Pope and his team at the Vatican.
Underlying all the media focus on the cardinals' selection of a new pope, and the predictable focus on personality over meaning, was a much greater struggle between tradition and reform, conservatism and progress. That struggle mirrors politics in America and most western democracies.
Pope Francis refused to sit on the throne, preferring to stand with his flock. He will walk and lead with a new style of simplicity following the footsteps of his first love, Jesus Christ.
Let's suppose in Christianity, a leftist priest or pastor in the Revelation of St. John is told that the righteous sit at the Father's right and the left are condemned. For this reason, can you see the absurdity of this terminology, especially in the religious sphere?
We pray with DignityUSA, with Mary Hunt, and with all those who pray that the Pope lives up to the Roman Catholic Church's stand on human rights and dignity for all people.
The world has changed for the better for the LGBT community so much these past few years; however, that I'm hopeful Pope Francis will do much better than appoint the next Paul McHugh as an adviser to torture our community.