Pope Francis

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Who Am I to Judge?

In a series of interviews and speeches in the first few months after his election, in March, Pope Francis unilaterally declared a kind of truce in the culture wars that have divided the Vatican and much of the world. Repeatedly, he argued that the Catholic Church’s purpose was more to proclaim God’s merciful love for all people than to condemn sinners for having fallen short of strictures, especially those having to do with gender and sexual orientation. His break from his immediate predecessors is less ideological than intuitive, an inclusive vision of the Church centered on an identification with the poor.

December 23, 2013

What to Make of Pope Francis Now?

September 16, 2015

Pope Francis After America

September 30, 2015

Pope Francis & The Renunciation of Jewish Conversion

December 16, 2015

With His New Book, Pope Francis Unlocks the Door

January 12, 2016

Pope Francis & Donald Trump

February 18, 2016

The New Morality of Pope Francis

April 8, 2016

The Moral Weakness of Pope Benedict’s "Last Testament"

November 15, 2016

Pope Francis Is the Anti-Trump

February 1, 2017

What Donald Trump Doesn’t Understand About Anti-Semitism

February 23, 2017

Pope Francis Proposes a Cure for Populism

March 28, 2017

Two Scenes from Pope Francis's Revolution of Tenderness

May 1, 2017

The Renewed Importance of Pope Francis's Encyclical on Climate Change

June 2, 2017

Pope Francis's New Man in Newark

June 27, 2017

The Pope's Shrink and Catholicism's Uneasy Relationship with Freud

September 8, 2017

The Transformative Promise of Pope Francis, Five Years On

March 13, 2018

Pope Francis and the Problematic Sainthood Cause of Cardinal August Hlond

Roman Catholic canonization is always as much about the present as about the past. So why would the Church elevate Hlond as a moral exemplar today?

July 11, 2018

After Pennsylvania, What Pope Francis Should Say in Ireland

August 22, 2018

In Summoning the Bishops to Address the Sexual-Abuse Crisis, Is Pope Francis Again Missing the Point?

September 17, 2018