'Pastors, Not Princes'

July 6-13, 2015

Vol. 213 / No. 1

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July 6-13, 2015

PORT OF CALL. Pope Francis greets immigrants in Lampedusa, Italy, July 8, 2013.
J. Kevin ApplebyJune 24, 2015

A hallmark of Pope Francis’ papacy has been his ability to focus the attention of the church and the world on human beings who live on the margins of society. In no area has he accomplished this more profoundly and effectively than in defending the rights of persons on the move—immigrant

TAKE YOUR SEATS. Bishops and cardinals attend the beatification of Pope Paul VI.
Diego Fares, S.J.June 24, 2015

At the opening of the 68th General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference on May 18, Pope Francis asked bishops not to be “pilots” but rather true pastors. Many times, the pontiff has called for “pastoral bishops, not princes,” using images he had previously employed wh

WORKSHOP DAYS. Robie Macauley, Arthur Koestler and Flannery O’Connor at Amana Colonies in Iowa, Oct 9, 1947.
Susan SrigleyJune 24, 2015

In a letter to Louise Abbott in 1959, Flannery O’Connor sympathizes with what her correspondent must have been describing as a struggle of faith: “All I would like you to know is that I sympathize and I suffer this way myself.” We may never have known the details or the extent to w

Of Many Things
Matt Malone, S.J.June 24, 2015

How we understand ourselves as a church guides how we should be in the world.

Letters
Our readersJune 24, 2015

Nothing NewI found “The Gospel According to the ‘Nones,’” by Elizabeth Drescher (6/8), rather disappointing. The author drew broad generalizations about the alleged “Good Samaritan” spirituality of nones as opposed to the more restrictive “Golden Rule”

Editorials
The EditorsJune 24, 2015

It will take years to take the full measure of “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment, and assess its impact. Pope Leo XIII wrote about the rights of workers in “Rerum Novarum” (1891) in response to the Industrial Revolution, but unions sti

Books
Dennis M. LederJune 24, 2015

"No Man's Land," by Elizabeth D. Samet and "Loving our Enemies," by Jim Forest