Gun Violence and the Common Good

(Reposted with Permission from the Author) The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College has once again shed light on gun violence in America. Yet despite the focus being on mass shootings, it should be noted gun violence comes in a variety of tragic forms, such as suicides and homicides. When Pope Francis visited the United States, [Read More...]

White House guests Deepen, not Divide, Pope Francis’ Welcome

You better watch out, you better not cry—you better not pout, I’m telling you why: Pope Francis is coming to town. For Catholics across the U.S., Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to this great nation is spiritually meaningful and historically significant. The Pope’s agenda in D.C. is packed: a papal parade at 11 a.m., noon prayers [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ Theology of Common Care

As Pope Francis’ trip to the Philippines last January revealed, where Francis goes people pay close attention. Americans should expect no less enthusiasm from his journey here this week to Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. Though not expressly political, it would be naïve to disregard the obvious ramifications of this trip. Since his ordination in [Read More...]

Pope Francis and the Republican Presidential Hopefuls: A Widening Divide

(Reposted with Permission from the Author) With Pope Francis increasingly focused on economic inequality, protecting the environment, compassion towards immigrants and peace through diplomacy, it’s perhaps appropriate to ask: have Republican presidential candidates taken steps to follow his example on these four issues? 1. Economic Inequality On economic inequality, Pope Francis has called for ending [Read More...]

Feeling the Bern? Maybe.

I’m intrigued by Bernie Sanders. When he initially announced his presidential bid for 2016, I thought this must be a publicity stunt, an attempt to promulgate his left-of-everyone political brand. One need not be a political science professor to see that he should be too liberal to be a truly viable presidential candidate. Surely, I [Read More...]

Are Pope Francis’ views on climate change costing him supporters?

Like millions of other Christian environmentalists, I had been eagerly anticipating the release of “Laudato Si” Pope Francis’ encyclical on environmental ethics. I have long been an adherent of the notion of Creation Care, or the practice of environmental stewardship as a moral imperative. These are firm convictions and causes close to my heart and [Read More...]

Pope’s Encyclical: Authentic Human Development Has a Moral Character

(Reposted with permission.) Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment isn’t an earth-shattering document. It’s instead a timely reminder that humanity has collective rights and responsibilities. As Catholics, the right to life and the responsibility to protect and promote life are of paramount concern. Pope Francis realizes attacks to life come in a variety of forms. [Read More...]

Romero and Me

A young man named Mario graduated college at Eastern University May 9 as a triple major in entrepreneurship, marketing and management. He did it in four years, and he did it with English as his second language, and the United States his second home. Mario is Salvadoran and his family wanted him to attend college in the [Read More...]

Is Catholic marriage and love possible for LGBT Catholics?

As Philadelphia prepares for the Pope’s visit and the World Meeting of Families, one would expect to see a program aimed at addressing the Church’s plan to be more pastoral toward gay, lesbian, and transgender people. In a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article, the only mention of such efforts to be expected during the World Meeting of Families was about [Read More...]

Poll: Climate Change is a Moral Issue

Climate change is a significant moral issue according to the recent survey conducted by Reuters/IPSOS, where nearly 3 out of every 4 persons surveyed said he or she is “personally morally obligated” to control carbon dioxide emissions. World leaders also should also be more morally obligated to take action to protect the planet, 66% of [Read More...]