FRANCIS & ME: LAST TIME, I PROMISE!

I’m offering some reflections again from Pope Francis, in part because they resonated with my homily of a couple of weeks ago, using Fr Joseph Tetlow, SJ, as my jumping off point.  The Pope’s comments come from his “Message for the International Day of Persons...

FRATELLI TUTTI EPILOGUE

The exercise in analysis that has been the last 7 bulletin essays was based on my conviction that Pope Francis has something important to say, that he says it in ways (and in length) that puts off most folks, and that my job is to be a presenter/interpreter of his...

FRATELLI TUTTI, PART VII

I’m jumping to the end of the encyclical because I’m sure everyone is tired of me, IF you’ve been keeping up!  But there is much that is the core, at the end, to which the document has been building up.  It has to do with legitimate conflict and forgiveness....

FRATELLI TUTTI, PART VI

What is Pope Francis’ dream for our world?  It is a world engaged in and committed to “dialogue,” which means (for him) “Approaching, speaking, listening, looking at, coming to know and understand one another, and to find common ground” (#198).  Is this...

FRATELLI TUTTI, PART V

Pope Francis longs for what he calls a “better kind of politics” (##146ff), one that can be responsive to the vision of a global community of fraternity based on social friendship (#154).  Do we need this?  One glance at the divisive results of our current...