(RNS) In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order, Pope Francis makes a number of stunningly frank comments that are likely to rattle the church and to cement his reputation as a leader more concerned with a pastoral approach than a doctrinal hard line. Among other things, Francis said that while […]
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(RNS) Pope Francis has given a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order in which he made a number of stunningly frank comments that are likely to rattle the church and cement his reputation as a pastoral rather than a doctrinal leader. Here are excerpts featuring his most provocative comments, plus links to the full transcript.
The Navy Yard shooter practiced Buddhist meditation, but he suffered from severe mental illness. Rick and Kay Warren talk for the first time about their son’s suicide, and Pope Francis gets the Jon Stewart treatment on “The Daily Show” last night.
Richard Dawkins has no problems with “mild pedophilia” or his Anglican culture. But he disses American atheists who sue to ban religious symbols. Focus on the Family is down, Pope Francis is up — but whoa, check out his homily today on Christians who gossip. “Murderers,” he says. That doesn’t appear in his Twitter cloud.
(RNS) Worried observers could have mistaken Pope Francis’ pastoral gesture to atheists as an effort to dilute the gospel rather than what he really intended — an evangelical outreach intended to bring nonbelievers closer to Christ.
(RNS) The central problem is not that the just war doctrine is being dismissed or condemned, but that both sides in the debate over Syria are citing just war theory, but are reaching diametrically opposed conclusions.
Francis has been dubbed the “cold-call pope” due to his penchant for picking up the phone and calling all sorts of folks. But his habit can also encourage hoaxes and pranksters, and the Vatican this week had to deny two reports of alleged papal phone calls.
Check out American Apparel’s kosher beefcake, and Jewish reservations about the treatment of chickens and killer whales. Yes, they’re related. Also our transcript of Cardinal Dolan’s shtick with Stephen Colbert. Colbert thinks Pope Francis is “soft on sin.” What did you expect?
Cardinal Timothy Dolan faced off with Stephen Colbert on “The Colbert Report” last night, trading barbs and one-liners. Who was funnier? Which one is the more famous Catholic? Why doesn’t Stephen like Pope Francis? Here are some of their greatest quips.
RNS) The American workplace is becoming more religiously diverse and that is raising concerns about employer accommodations for believers — and increasing the odds for uncomfortable moments around the water cooler. But part of the potential for conflict is also due to the growing number of nonbelievers and the desire by white evangelicals to share their faith.