• Pope says walk with trans persons, but fight gender theory

    Pope says walk with trans persons, but fight gender theory

    • Oct 2, 2016

    In another wide-ranging airborne news conference at the end of one of his foreign trips, Pope Francis on Sunday returned to the theme of “gender theory” that he raised on Saturday in Georgia, saying the Church must walk with trans persons but also resist the spread of what he called “ideological colonization.”

  • Will Pope Francis create a new American cardinal this time?

    Will Pope Francis create a new American cardinal this time?

    • Aug 21, 2016

    The number of cardinal-electors, meaning those eligible to vote for the next pope, is getting low enough that the time is drawing near for a new round of picks — and although an American seems plausible, under Pope Francis all bets are off in terms of where the cardinals might come from and who they might be.

  • Why a ‘Peace Pope’ may (reluctantly) back force against ISIS

    • Mar 21, 2015

    After 20 years on the lecture circuit I thought I’d heard it all, but last Saturday proved I can still be surprised when an audience member rose to angrily accuse me of channeling Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. The occasion was the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, where, among other