“Civilization,” wrote John Courtney Murray, S.J., “is formed by men locked together in argument. From this dialogue, the community becomes a political community.” Can we still say this today?
"We have a priest who makes everyone feel welcome, says Mass with great reverence and gives meaningful homilies"
Francis' black eye provides a powerful metaphor for his ecclesial and personal style.
Any willingness to cooperate across party lines is praiseworthy. Unfortunately, brinkmanship remains the preferred legislative strategy.
Pope Francis reminds us that we must "cleanse, heal and restore" the sinner, including those returning to society from prisons.
Back in 1991, close to nine in 10 Catholics in the United States were white. Today, that number is down to 55 percent—and that percentage will continue to drop.