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Pope Francis understands economics better than most politicians

Pope Francis is a pontiff who has constructively broken all the rules of popery – so far to widespread acclaim. He’s faulted the Catholic church for its negative obsession with gays and birth control, and now he has expanded his mandate to economics with a groundbreaking screed denouncing “the new…

Pope Francis calls for female inclusion but rejects ‘progressive’ reforms to abortion doctrine

Pope Francis believes that women have been marginalized in the Catholic Church, but remains opposed to the ordination of women and reforms to the Church’s teachings on abortion. In his Evangelii Gaudium, translated into English as The Joy of the Gospel, Francis rejected the idea of female priests, but said…

Pope Francis rips capitalism and trickle-down economics to shreds in new policy statement

In case there was any doubt left, Pope Francis made it clear that he shares little in common with U.S. conservatives. The pontiff released his Evangelii Gadium, or Joy of the Gospel, attacking capitalism as a form of tyranny and calling on church and political leaders to address the needs…

Pope Francis meets with Putin to discuss the Syria conflict

The Vatican said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis on Monday discussed the need for talks to resolve the Syria conflict, as international officials met in Geneva to discuss a date for a peace conference. The two leaders talked about the urgent need “to promote concrete initiatives for a…

For Pope Francis the liberal, this promises to be a very bloody Sunday

Francis is the poster pope for progressives. But canonizing a genocidal missionary like Junípero Serra epitomizes the Catholic history problem. He is a pin-up for liberals and progressives, “the obvious new hero of the left“. So says the Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland of Pope Francis, and it’s true that most of…

Why even atheists should be praying for Pope Francis

Francis could replace Obama as the pin-up on every liberal and leftist wall. He is now the world’s clearest voice for change That Obama poster on the wall, promising hope and change, is looking a little faded now. The disappointments, whether over drone warfare or a botched rollout of healthcare…

Pope Francis tells anti-fracking activists he’s preparing remarks about environmental pollution

Pope Francis has expressed his support for another liberal cause. The pontiff was photographed Monday with environmental activists holding T-shirts with anti-fracking slogans during a meeting at the Vatican. The pope met with a group of Argentine activists to discuss hydraulic fracturing, a method used to extract gas, petroleum and…

Palin shares some Catholics’ concerns about Pope Francis and his ‘liberal’ agenda

Sarah Palin says she’s dismayed by the apparent liberal agenda of Pope Francis, although she suspects her perception may have been shaped by misleading media reports. “He’s had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me,” Palin said Tuesday in…

Pope Francis describes ‘ideological Christians’ as a ‘serious illness’ within the Church

Speaking at daily Mass last Thursday, Pope Francis warned Christians against turning their faith into a rigid ideology. “The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology,” he said, according to Radio Vatican. “And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his…

Pope Francis calls on the Church to divest itself of ‘worldliness’

Pope Francis on Friday called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like St Francis of Assisi during a pilgrimage to the saint’s Italian hometown. Speaking in the hall where the medieval saint is said to have taken off his robes in a gesture…

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