Stephen P. White is a fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

FaithNews Analysis
Stephen P. White
Instead of looking past the failings of Pope John Paul II, we should look squarely at them.
FaithLast Take
Stephen P. White
Immorality destroys the Gospel; sin—yours and mine—is precisely what puts people in the field hospital to begin with.
HUMANE TOUCH. Pope Francis with people of Banado Norte, a poor neighborhood in Asuncion, Paraguay, July 12.
Stephen P. White
Why we need a church that is poor and for the poor
Laudato Si
Stephen P. White
Let me propose a general rule for reading “Laudato Si’”: If the idea of evangelical poverty doesn’t make any sense to you, then large parts of the encyclical won’t make much sense either. That’s not to say the converse is true; the issues addressed are varied and
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Editor’s note: The historic interview with Pope Francis (Am. 9/30) has generated a great deal of dialogue in the church and in society at large. We asked several writers to offer their reactions to the pope’s words. Selections from these responses are printed below. The full versions of
Pope prepares to greet guests during general audience in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 25 (CNS Photo / Paul Haring)
Stephen P. White
In his interview with Fr. Antonio Spadaro—the interview—Pope Francis emphasized one point above all others. “The most important thing,” Pope Francis insists, “is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you.” For one who encounters this improbable, earth-sha