Pope Francis

Was the Pope Played?

Originally published at my Huffington Post column, October 1, 2015. The news that Pope Francis met with Kim Davis raises a series of questions that must be answered urgently. Let’s begin with trying to understand what happened. And so we should ask: Did Pope Francis know who Kim Davis is? Was he aware of the… Read more »

How Will Pope Francis Change America?

Originally published at The Huffington Post, September 20, 2015. When Pope John Paul II visited Poland in June, 1979, he set in motion a chain of events that altered the direction of world affairs. His visit emboldened the non-violent resistance to the Soviet presence in Poland. A mere decade later, the Cold War was over,… Read more »

What Pope Francis Must Say to Donald Trump

Originally published on my Huffington Post column, August 27, 2015. There is a rising tide of nativism washing over the United States at this particular moment. We have seen such waves recurrently in our history. In the 1840s, it was the Know-Nothings, who hated Catholics and opposed Irish immigration and were even responsible for riots… Read more »

Pope Francis, the Common Good and Global Climate Change

This post appeared originally in my Huffington Post column on June 13, 2015. It is a line repeated with tiresome regularity in right-wing circles: Pope Francis has no business proposing solutions to the crisis of global climate change. He is not a scientist, they say. He should stick to morals and to matters of faith and doctrine. Pope Francis’ defenders… Read more »

The Modern Papacy and War

This post appeared originally at my Huffington Post column on April 13, 2015. It did not receive nearly the attention it should have. In the last five weeks, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who is the Holy See’s chief diplomatic representative to the United Nations, has issued calls for organized military responses against Boko Haram and against… Read more »

The Greening of Pope Francis

Pope Francis is poised, within the next two or three months, to announce one of the signature documents of his papacy, an encyclical on climate change. And we can hope and pray that it will be “world-changing” in the very best sense of that expression.