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...

FRATELLI TUTTI, PART IV

Pope Francis next tackles an issue that is traditional in Catholic teaching (from the era of the “Church Fathers,” in fact) but which is controversial, to say the least, today.  It is the principle of the common use of created goods, the “first principle of the...

FRATELLI TUTTI, PART III

As you could see from the quote I used at the end of my last essay, the following is a meditation on the reality and practical applications of love.  Here, Pope Francis is following the lead of Pope St John Paul II, especially in the latter’s encyclical Laborem...

POPE FRANCIS’ FRATELLI TUTTI, PART II

Chapter Two of the encyclical is titled “A Stranger On The Road.”  It comprises paragraphs 56-86.  I am suggesting that the rest of the document is an unpacking of the implications of this chapter, a meditation on the parable of the Good Samaritan....