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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.