A Nuanced Opening Look at Pope Francis

By: Saturday March 16, 2013 11:00 am

In all the writing and (for lack of a better word) pontificating about the new pope, one area of discussion that has some of the most misinformation and misunderstanding has to do liberation theology and the new pope’s relation to it in the 1970s as the supervisor of Jesuit priests at the time. Sifting through some of the profiles of Bergoglio, done by people who understand both the church and Argentina, paints a portrait of the new pope that shows a deep compassion for the poor, disdain for those who seek to puff up their own importance (both outside and inside the church), and also a leader who requires obedience from those he leads.

At this point, everyone is reading tea leaves, including me. With that said, and given the possible other candidates who were mentioned as Benedict’s successor, I’m mildly optimistic about Francis. A pope who isn’t automatically bound by how things were done before, and who sticks up for the poor, single mothers, and those on the margins, has a lot to teach some of the rest of the hierarchy of the Catholic church.

9 Nobel Laureates Urge Obama to Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

By: Friday September 9, 2011 9:45 am

Nine recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize including the Dahli Lama and Archibishop Desmond Tutu have written a letter to President Obama. They urge him to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline which will affect “millions of people whose lives and livelihoods will be affected by construction and operation of the pipeline in Alberta, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas” and risks “contaminating the Ogallala Aquifer, the main source of fresh water for the Great Plains.”

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