Advice for the Pope on Reforming the Church
The Church isn't offering many endearing images to its stoic believers of late. But one will stay with me for many years. That wonderful moment in March when Jorge Mario Bergoglio walked out onto the Vatican balcony with his simple but invitingFratelli e sorelle, buona sera! — Brothers and sisters, good evening! — still sends a thrill up my spine.
Along with the rest of the watching crowd in St Peter's Square, I thought he'd seemed rather stunned, almost overwhelmed just prior to this emergence. Then came this incredibly pastoral moment followed by the next, his appeal to all of us to pray for him. You could have heard a pin drop in the packed square as people delightedly complied, an unforgettable moment.
Pope Francis and Liberation Theology - Essay One of a Series
The online journal, Political Theology Today, on December 6 2013 began a series of essays on Pope Francis' ongoing dialogue with Liberation Theology.
The first of these essays may be found at the following address: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology - Jeffrey Klaiber SJ. Other essays follow on a weekly basis.
Evangelii Gaudium - Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation
Pope Francis offers a considered reflection on his approach to being Church today. The themes of joy and mercy are prominent, reminding us of Pope John XXIII. He also continues the Church's critique of capitalism, challenging all people of good will to face the terrible inequities in our world. The Pope's "off the cuff" remarks of the previous months are perhaps not so "off the cuff".
Pope Joins in Tributes to Nelson Mandela
Pope Francis sent a telegram to Jacob Zuma expressing his condolences on the death of Nelson Mandela.
A Comment on the Vatican's Questionnaire
Many of us were dismayed by the wording and expression of questions in the recent Preparatory Document for the Extraordinary Synod on Mariage and the Family scheduled for October 2014.
Pope Francis asks "Why?"
Cardinal Tagle recently had an audience in Rome with Pope Francis, along with a large group of people from the Philippines. Cardinal Tagle broke down as a spoke of the loss and pain caused by the cyclone.