News this morning from the Jesuit curia in Rome says that the Rev. Frans van der Lugt, a 75-year-old Jesuit who refused to leave Syria so that he could remain to work with the poor and refugees from the civil war, has been killed.
The Vatican’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva saw a “common path” with the White House on social justice issues and “a way forward, a compromise, a solution” on culture war topics after “cordial” meeting
But Bono and the Dalai Lama make the Top Ten. This probably won’t help Francis’ wish that he not be treated as a celebrity. Still…Maybe Obama will take notes at their meeting next week?
And Archbishop George Ganswein is still working for Francis. Should Ganswein go? Some say yes.
Or is there a way to keep the home-grown treasures like portraits by Thomas Eakins, Philip Pearlstine, and Alice Neel?
The Seattle Seahawks in-your-face cornerback is arguably more honest about the game than all the on-your-knees end zone piety.
“Capitalism should not become the model of society,” says Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, one of Francis’ top advisers. “To think that somewhere there are pure markets which give rise to the good through free competition is mere ideology.”
The pontiff’s most “radical” suggestion in a recent interview — that a nursing mother should breastfeed her baby even in front of the pope — may be fodder for La Leche League types. But he is invoking an ancient devotion while endorsing a pragmatic work of mercy.