The Vatican Says No to Just War, Upsetting The NY Times

October 06, 2020

On October 4, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ latest encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti.” The apostolic letter contains eight chapters, spanning a variety of themes that focus mainly on secular issues. The Vatican has published a summary beginning with its own blurb announcing the major themes:...

Italy Evicts Steve Bannon’s Gladiators

October 15, 2019

Poor Steve Bannon. He has tried very hard, but the Cosmos seems to have lost patience with his European project. After leaving Donald Trump’s White House, he engaged in a valiant educational effort to impose his unique version of reality on the Western world so that, in turn, the West can...

Is There Really a Right Side of History?

July 18, 2019

In a stimulating and insightful article published this week on Fair Observer, researcher and author Rejeanne Lacroix examines a surprising paradox that helps illuminate the contradictions of a world that is clearly undergoing a confused historical transition from what appears to be a principle of...

Why Aren’t Americans Paying Attention to Pope Francis’ Progressive Ideas?

July 17, 2019

In his papal encyclical, “Laudato Si’” (“Praise Be”), issued in May 2015, Pope Francis reminded humanity of its responsibility for stewardship of the planet, including addressing the challenge of our times, climate change. Had the pope stuck to the environmental message, it would have...

Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought

July 16, 2019

Mainstream discussions over the future of liberalism rose once again ahead of the G20 Summit in Osaka, when Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Financial Times in a much publicized interview that “liberalism is obsolete.” This viewpoint is especially appreciated by those united in a...

Abuse of Rohingya Must Be Investigated

February 13, 2017

There is too little access and too little known about possible ongoing abuses in Rakhine State. International humanitarian and human rights groups, including Refugees International, have long called for an independent international investigation into abuses of the Rohingya population and...

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The World This Week: No Pope Francis, There is No Third World War

November 21, 2015

The pope’s talk about World War III is unwise because of its timing and its implications, as well as the track record of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis is a fine fellow. He rails against inequality, rallies for the environment and fights corruption in his Kremlin-like state. On...

When the Pope Met America

September 29, 2015

Pope Francis missed a great opportunity to explain in detail how his god figures into the messaging process, says Larry Beck. By all accounts, Pope Francis is a pleasant fellow who somewhat to his surprise became the pope. I am gratified that he chose to bring his blessed self to America and...

The World This Week: God, Gays and the Beautiful Game

May 29, 2015

As Ireland embraces Satanic love, the Catholic Church chafes under its barefoot Argentine pope. The Catholic Church has long opposed abortion, contraception and homosexuality. Some argue that this doctrinal certitude has been a key reason for its success. Everyone knows what the Catholic Church...

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