- Jun 20, 2021
As we mark the encyclical’s one-year anniversary today, a look around the Catholic Church in the United States reveals that both those in the pews and those in the pulpit have heeded the urgency of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si.
The appeal of a new documentary on St. John Paul II’s role in the fall of communism reaches beyond Soviet-era history buffs or those already familiar with this aspect of John Paul II’s papacy. In an era hungry for spiritual giants, John Paul is someone parents can point to for their children and say unequivocally, “This is what courage, faith and compassion look like. This is what they can do.”
Mexico’s ruling party was already in trouble because of popular discontent over corruption and violence, but analyst Jorge Traslosheros says its push to amend the national constitution to make gay marriage the law of the land is flirting with political suicide.
For St. John Paul II, insistence that divorced and civilly remarried must refrain from Communion was a “pastoral and prudential choice.” Now, Pope Francis has made a different choice. The principles laid out by the two popes are the same, they just have adopted different applications.
Back in 1979, when “Life of Brian” was made — seven years after Britain joined the European Economic Community (EEC), a decision endorsed by a 67 percent majority — you could still find that wry voice: “Foreigners, eh? What did they ever do for us?” Those voices are back today, and some UK Catholics are among them.
The diverse community of film lovers and film writers at Arts & Faith recently put out a list of the top 25 films on the theme of mercy, and while viewing them may not directly reshape the drift of an increasingly merciless world, it might change your outlook if you watch thoughtfully.
It’s surely not Pope Francis’ intended message, but sometimes he seems, inadvertently, to treat disabled persons as a spectacle with public kisses and blessings. The disabled need more, in terms of both access to the Church and inclusion in it.
The strong desire to do something in the wake of the Orlando massacre, perhaps flowing from justified outrage, is totally understandable. Some insist that prayer is a smokescreen for inaction, but we should pray — not only for the victims, but for a gun-obsessed culture like ours that’s deeply unhealthy and even sick.