Can Conservatives Love Pope Francis’ Environmentalism?

By |2015-09-24T17:17:36-05:00September 26th, 2015|Categories: Culture, Environmentalism, Pope Francis|

Following the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on human society and the environment, many have lauded what it says about the climate. The Sierra Club pontificated that “Pope Francis’ guidance as a pastor and a teacher shines a light on the moral obligation we all share to address the climate crisis that transcends borders [...]

Laudato Si’: Pope Francis, the Environment & Liberal Learning

By |2015-09-20T09:38:56-05:00August 22nd, 2015|Categories: Featured, Great Books, Pope Francis, Science|

Much has been written about Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’. On the American Right, there has been much hand-wringing over his handling of climate change, whereas the American Left has been praising it for the same reason. The Right’s opposition is largely rooted in a combination of economic arguments and suspicion of the science [...]

The Roots of Ideology: Pope Francis, Warming & Hegel’s Big Hint

By |2015-06-30T00:50:12-05:00June 30th, 2015|Categories: Pope Francis, Stephen Masty, Western Civilization|

Far be it from us to strip down and leap into the hot-tub with Hegel and Lenin; and yet…and yet… there is an attraction to thoughts of historical inevitability. It seems as if Western collapse is a chain of unavoidable causes and effects, but this is a mistake. Unlike a lesser stage magician, its [...]

Conservatism & Pope Francis: A Culture Warrior’s Ideology?

By |2017-07-31T12:37:57-05:00May 4th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Communio, Culture, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis|

Sir, You are an American whom I have always admired, and for whose Presidential campaign I had the good fortune of working thirteen years ago. Rarely have I come upon a book, essay or thought of yours with which I could flatly disagree, though of course there is much over which to polemicize. However, [...]

Archetypes: Masculine and Feminine

By |2016-07-17T09:59:56-05:00February 22nd, 2014|Categories: Communio, Featured, Pope Francis, Stratford Caldecott, Theology|Tags: |

In his famous press conference on the plane coming back from Rio, Pope Francis called for a more profound theology of woman–he even used the word “mystical”. For what he might mean, see “Sincere Gift”, and also Paul Evdokimov’s Woman and the Salvation of the World: A Christian Anthropology on the Charisms of Women. One of the [...]

What Pope Francis Should or May be Saying

By |2016-07-26T15:59:02-05:00January 2nd, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Economics, Pope Francis|Tags: |

Catholic Answers’ indefatigable Jimmy Akin recently defended Pope Francis against charges of Marxism leveled by the likes of the irrepressible Rush Limbaugh. In a word, Pope Francis is not a Marxist: on that score, Akin is flat right and Limbaugh flat wrong. The Pope concerns himself about Catholic social teaching and nothing more. Fair enough. [...]

The Magnanimous Pontiff

By |2014-01-23T09:22:11-06:00October 6th, 2013|Categories: Daniel McInerny, Pope Francis|

Naïve. Imprudent. A “Jesuit.” Such are some of the negative attributes that have been imputed to Pope Francis in the worried emails and dismayed blog posts that have come across my laptop screen in the week since the English publication of the Holy Father’s interview with Antonio Spadaro, S.J. Why such consternation from those who number [...]

The Imaginative Conservatism of Pope Francis

By |2014-09-13T13:08:49-05:00September 25th, 2013|Categories: Catholicism, Conservatism, Pope Francis|Tags: |

Pope Francis “No one is saved alone, as an isolated individual, but God attracts us looking at the complex web of relationships that take place in the human community. God enters into this dynamic, this participation in the web of human relationships.”   Pope Francis to Antonio Spadaro SJ What is a conservative, [...]