Carl Matthes: She was asked point blank if she was sure that she really saw the Pope and not his secretary. Yes, it was the Pope. He was dressed in white, had on a beanie and spoke American. She was surprised by that because she thought he would speak Argentinian.
Peter Cavanaugh: Initial conservative spin suggested that, along with Father Junipero Serra, Kim Davis, herself, had been canonized.
Robert Nelson: Pope Francis leaves little doubt about the reality of global warming and the need to act now in his book ‘Care for Our Common Home’
ope Francis’ visit to the U.S. was indeed historic in many ways. For one week, he captured the imagination of those of us fighting for immigrant rights, economic justice, environmental justice and criminal justice. From the halls of Congress in Washington D.C. to Ground Zero in New York City, from the Catholic masses that attracted […]
Irene Monroe: We clearly see the geopolitics of a soft church bureaucrat evangelizing to today’s shrinking American Catholic Church—an institution that is less churched, less married, less white, and less conservative.
Rosemary Jenkins: Coming from humble beginnings, Boehner forgot the lessons from his youth as he climbed the political ladder—lessons that had taught him about deprivation, adversity, and misery as well as the rewards from hard.
Larry Wines: Soon-to-be ex-Speaker Boehner, who is Constitutionally third in line for the Presidency, threw in the towel because bitter, rancorous, divisiveness within his own party has made consensus — even dialog — impossible.
Walter Moss: To a Congress that is often beholden to special interests, including those of rich individuals and corporations, the Pope’s reminder of the need to pursue the common good and the welfare of the poor was a rather pointed rebuke.
Frank Fear: And while Trump and Sanders—as party outsiders—have a tough road ahead, the challenge they face pales in comparison to The Institutional Problem you and I face all the time, each and every day—defending ourselves from institutional self-interest.
Walter Moss: Throughout history religious believers have sometimes become like latter day ideologues in their dogmatic rigidity, in their insistence on possessing “the truth,” in their lack of humility, and in their willingness to even kill those who think differently.
Brent Budowsky: American liberalism is at the peak of its power during presidential elections, and nothing better dramatizes the resurgent liberal answer to the conservative challenge than the words and teachings of Pope Francis, the most admired public figure in America and throughout the world.
Kathy Kelly: I don’t think he’ll be able to put Kentucky on his agenda, but it’s not outlandish to imagine the Pope visiting a U.S. prison.
Joe Mathews: You could drop by the California Institution for Men in Chino—part of our state’s unconstitutionally overcrowded prison system—to wash prisoners’ feet, as you have done elsewhere.