Pope Francis has taken a stand against COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation, saying people have created a “distortion of reality based on fear” after meeting with a “fact-checking” network of Catholic journalists.
Pope Francis commented on the protests that have erupted since George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, saying that Catholics cannot tolerate racism and also “claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.”
The Pope wasted little time lashing out at fake Christians whom he said would be better off being a non-believer, an atheist, than a “bad Christian.”
Pope Francis said “It’s hypocrisy [and un-Christian] to call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee or toss out someone who is in need of help."
"We Christians have much to apologize for; and those apologies need not be confined to just one area. Ask forgiveness, and not just say we're sorry."
This is a big deal and could signal the Pope’s thinking that perhaps it is time for women to become priests.
Pope Francis shot down reports that he met with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The pope described his interaction with Sanders as a brief greeting and common courtesy.
Sen. Bernie Sanders put the politics of the presidential campaign aside by sitting down with Pope Francis privately for five minutes. There were no cameras, no transcripts, and no press, as the Sanders/Francis meeting was clearly not a political endorsement.
“Senator Sanders was not invited by the pope, but by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences; the Pope will not meet with the candidate."
Pope Francis, in Ross Douthat's words, is “licensing innovation rather than merely tolerating it" and tolerating it is apparently bad enough
Pope Francis opened the door for Priests to offer divorced and remarried Catholics a path to take Holy Communion.
It is clear now that the Pope hated being ambushed into meeting with the American face of evangelical bigotry, Kim Davis
A new poll from the Robert Morris Polling Institute found that Pope Francis has 84.7% favorability rating with Donald Trump supporters. In other words, by attacking the Pope, Trump may be alienating people who would vote for him.
The Pope has inserted his holy self into American politics by questioning Trump’s Christian bona fides
A thin-skinned and grammatically confused Trump fired back at the Pope after the Pope questioned Trump's Christianity. The Republican presidential front-runner's reply assaulted the Pope for daring to question his Christianity, saying no leader should have the right to question another man's faith.
Ryan wanted Americans to believe Republicans are actually doing something, when really it's just more prime-time Republican theater
Both the school district shuttering and University suspension center around the GOP and evangelical movement's current cause, Islamophobia
The Pope, in contrast to cowardly Republicans, chose to make a visit to a mosque in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic
"There will be...parties, bright trees, even Nativity scenes, all decked out, while the world continues to wage war. It's all a charade."
According to the Vatican, Pope Francis did not invite Kim Davis to meet him. There was no secret meeting, and the Pope had no idea who she was when he met her.