Of Popes and American politics

If you’ve a long memory and a thing for American politics, the Vatican’s recent anti-Trump intervention may have rung a bell

Of Popes and American politicsIf you’ve a long memory and a thing for American politics, the Vatican’s recent anti-Trump intervention may have rung a bell. Once upon a time, the loyalties of Roman Catholics were deemed suspect, and savvy churchmen learned to be wary of overt partisan involvement lest the fire be inadvertently stoked. Pope Francis seems to have…

Pope/Trump feud comes down to what it means to be a Christian

The Christian obligation to support the underdog is a biblical imperative that goes back to the ancient Israelites

Pope/Trump feud comes down to what it means to be a ChristianThe international media was recently abuzz with a “feud” between Pope Francis and Donald Trump. The attention-grabbing headlines made for some entertainment while shining a spotlight on Christianity and politics in the United States. On the papal plane flying home from Mexico, reporters asked Francis about Trump’s plans to deport illegal immigrants and build a…

What politicians must learn from Pope Francis’ leadership style

Politicians, sadly, are only accustomed to the smell of their own party faithful

What politicians must learn from Pope Francis’ leadership stylePoliticians would love to have the approval ratings of Pope Francis. His popularity crosses party lines and spills over the borders of the tiny state he heads. The spiritual leader of the Catholic Church may be the most influential and galvanizing leader on the world stage. But leadership traits alone cannot fully explain the Francis…

Pope’s encyclical on the environment wrong in so many ways

Those countries with relatively free markets have made the greatest gains in environmental quality over the past half century

Pope’s encyclical on the environment wrong in so many waysAs pretty much everyone in the world knows by now, Pope Francis published an encyclical recently On Care for Our Common Home, which discusses all things environmental – climate change, of course, but also air pollution, water pollution, sustainable development, the precautionary principle . . . the list goes on through 184-pages. Unfortunately, while the…

Pope’s criticism of Curia applicable to everyone

Francis is not asking any more of his cardinals, or us, than he asks of himself

Pope’s criticism of Curia applicable to everyoneThe Christmas greeting that Pope Francis delivered to members of the Roman Curia was anything but “have yourself a merry little Christmas.” Described in the press as a “blistering attack”, a “public rebuke”, and a “scathing critique” of the Curia, Francis called his brother bishops to account for 15 “curial diseases”. While the Curia was…