Walter Moss: In a fitting irony for our mixed-up, topsy-turvey political season, the Jewish Bernie Sanders praises the Catholic papal positions on capitalism, while the Republican Speaker of the House, the Catholic Paul Ryan, is much more influenced by the free-market philosophy of Friedman and Hayek. Bernie Sanders Moral Economy
Erica Chenoweth: Because the Catholic Church developed the doctrine between the 4th and 13th centuries, the just war canon has had a monopolistic influence on the way people in the West think about war and violence
Alvaro Huerta: Doesn’t the GOP’s lack of love or respect for our neighbors—both outside and inside of our borders—represent a violation of Christian values? It makes no sense to me. Yet, what do I know, I’m an atheist. Republican Christian Values
Irene Monroe: Pope Francis continues to send seismic shock waves across the globe with his liberal-leaning pronouncements, but the pontiff is a complicated, if not confusing, to the LGBTQ community.
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’
Victor Narro: Our unhealthy lives as activists—whether as an organizer, policy advocate, lawyer, or researcher—is impacting the overall health of our movement for justice.
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.