- Jul 9, 2020
There’s no sense pretending there isn’t an increasingly political edge to some Catholic conversation about the Church’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Perhaps we can’t judge the impact of Pope Francis on politics by the usual measures, because, befitting his Argentinian populist outlook, he’s more interested in horizontal rather than vertical change.
This week Malta’s bishops have urged the public to stay calm and avoid violence as turmoil mounts following shocking revelations involving top government officials made in the investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
A new survey from the PEW Research Center has found that not only do most Americans believe religion and politics shouldn’t mingle, but Catholics in particular emerged as less likely than other U.S. Christian churches to trust their clergy on hot-button issues such as abortion.
With a history of corruption at the highest levels, political woes are nothing new in Peru, however, after a recent congressional meltdown the country’s bishops have urged citizens to avoid escalation and to double-down on anti-corruption efforts.
John Perry is a Senior Lecturer in Theological Ethics at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and directs the Initiative in Science-Engaged Theology. Recently, he survived a stroke. He spoke to Crux about his work, and how his stroke affects his work.