• Pope's eco-encyclical will be more interesting than expected

    • Jun 16, 2015

    “…my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day … And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor! … Sister Moon and the stars … our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us …” Upon his election, Cardinal Bergoglio surprised the world by taking the name of the joyful medieval

  • Why Pope Francis will never be a radical ‘Green’

    • Jun 15, 2015

    Last July, The Atlantic styled Pope Francis as quite the revolutionary in his assertion that “exploiting the earth” is a sin. Now, in the imminent lead-up to the pope’s promised encyclical letter on the environment, fevered speculation on its contents is generating the journalistic equivalent of global warming. Environmentalists have welcomed

  • Why Pope Francis will never be a radical 'Green'

    • Jun 15, 2015

    Last July, The Atlantic styled Pope Francis as quite the revolutionary in his assertion that “exploiting the earth” is a sin. Now, in the imminent lead-up to the pope’s promised encyclical letter on the environment, fevered speculation on its contents is generating the journalistic equivalent of global warming. Environmentalists have welcomed

  • Assisted suicide and what it means to be truly merciful

    • Jun 8, 2015

    The Holy Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis, which begins Dec. 8, comes at a time when the meaning of “mercy” in America is being twisted to mean something profoundly to the contrary. Specifically, there are some who are working hard to apply the concept of mercy to a

  • US bishops can change the conversation

    • Jun 5, 2015

    Hundreds of Catholic bishops will gather in St. Louis this week for a national meeting to set priorities at a time when Pope Francis is shaking up the Church and sparking hope for a better values debate in American politics. A pope who puts poverty, economic inequality, and care for the

  • Maybe Irish voters actually were swayed by their Church

    • Jun 3, 2015

    It’s almost always more incorrect than correct to say “Church” when you mean “hierarchy.” It’s especially misleading in the case of same-sex marriage, and Catholic support thereof. The vocal public insistence of much of the hierarchy (Vatican, Irish, US) on the impossibility and the danger of same-sex marriage represents a