- Francis I is the new face of a more moderate, less antagonistic brand of Catholic Church.
- 8 New Items including:
- Pope Francis addresses Washington crowd after historic speech to Congress
- Pope Rejects Lunch with Boehner, Pelosi, McConnell, Reid: He will be Dining with the Homeless
- Pope Francis declares Junípero Serra a saint on surprisingly political visit to DC
- Francis falters in addressing sex abuse
- Francis tells US bishops to be ‘promoters of the culture of encounter’
- US progressives hope Pope Francis can bring moral force to key issues
- The Papal Visit Brings Forth Ugliness From the Right
- Francis Visits the Church that John Paul Broke
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Superpope: street art in Rome depicts Pope Francis as Superman carrying a bag labelled ‘Values’. US progressives hope he can apply his special power to their causes. Photograph: AGF s.r.l./Rex Shutterstock
Pope Francis addresses Washington crowd after historic speech to Congress, Guardian US
- Sep 24, 2015 | Video: Pontiff’s speech challenges politicians on immigration, death penalty, climate change and more in surprisingly direct address to America’s legislative body.
- The speech: Francis urges Congress to treat immigrants in ‘humane and just’ way
- Top scientist: Pope’s climate push is ‘raving nonsense’
- Video: Francis to meet family that faced deportation to Mexico
Pope Rejects Lunch with Boehner, Pelosi, McConnell, Reid: He will be Dining with the Homeless, Ring of Fire
September 23, 2015 | We now know why the United States Congress absolutely did not want Pope Francis to come to America. He makes them look like the complete as*holes they are. Obviously, Congress thought Pope Francis would be honored to dine with them, and all their pomp and prestige. They were wrong.
Pope Francis declares Junípero Serra a saint on surprisingly political visit to DC, Guardian US
- Sep 23, 2015 | Canonisation of Junípero Serra has led to Native American protests
- Thousands greet pontiff in Washington ... and he hugs a 5-year-old
- Analysis: Obama and the pope defend ‘religious liberty’ – but where?
- Pope confronts US bishops on ‘difficult moments’ and ‘healing to victims’
- Pope Francis calls for urgent action on climate change at White House
Francis falters in addressing sex abuse, Dennis Coday, National Catholic Reporter
- Sep. 23, 2015 | Francis will need to show some deliberate, dramatic action to prove that he understands the gravity of this problem.
- After he shows he understands it, he will then have to prove that he will do something about it.
Francis tells US bishops to be ‘promoters of the culture of encounter’, Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter
Sep. 23, 2015 | Pope Francis has earnestly outlined exactly what he wants from the U.S. Catholic bishops, telling them Wednesday that they should seek to be shepherds who never shy away from dialogue, do not fight with one another, and always seek out opportunities for encounter.
US progressives hope Pope Francis can bring moral force to key issues, Guardian US
Tue, 22 September 2015 | Campaigners believe the pontiff’s visit can lift their work on climate change, income inequality, immigration and mass incarceration above partisan swamp
The Papal Visit Brings Forth Ugliness From the Right, Frank Cocozzelli, Talk to Action
Tue Sep 22, 2015 | In a recent press release, Catholic League president Bill Donohue warned, "Pope Visits To U.S. Occasion Ugliness." Donohue then went on to describe the activities of several Catholic and non-Catholic Progressive leaning organizations during the last two papal visits. As is his wont, Donohue recklessly tarred dissent (by the Women's Ordination Conference, for example) as anti-Catholic behavior. Donohue demagogically conflates progressive and liberal dissent with hate. There are important differences between hate and dissent, regardless of the source.
Francis Visits the Church that John Paul Broke, Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches, Patricia Miller, Religion Dispatches
September 21, 2015 | What we now call the Catholic Church looks very different from the church of 1979. Francis will find a fractured church where a significant number of practicing Catholics aren’t receptive to his papacy and its message, and where a large population of those who would presumably be supportive of his papacy and its priorities are politically and doctrinally alienated. Ironically, this diminished, splintered church—or, nascent churches—is largely the creation of John Paul, the last pope to get a rock star reception when he came to America.