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Why I’m Suspicious of Polls

It’s not that pollsters are dishonest, though some may be. Nor is it that the people polled give answers they think the pollsters want or political correctness demands, though many timid folk may do so. No, the reason I am suspicious of polls is that many people don’t have carefully formed opinions of their own—the kind formed by weighing real facts and drawing logical conclusions.… Read More


The Unity Dilemma

Pope Francis, 35359877_sPope Francis has joined non-Catholic Christians, including Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, and Mormon, in an effort to “put aside all polemical or apologetic approaches, and seek instead to grasp more fully what unites us,” and to “advance the life and ministry of Jesus.”

He has met, too, with Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus, stressing “the importance of furthering respect [and] friendship between men and women of different religious traditions.” He has even dialogued with agnostic and atheistic humanists, calling them “precious allies” in the search for truth.… Read More


Pope Francis Inspires but Oversimplifies

Pope FrancisPope Francis’ recent messages to the U.S. Congress and to the Catholic bishops revealed his personal goodness and his deep compassion for the poor and downtrodden. His words and demeanor were inspirational not only to Catholics but to all people of good will.

As expected, there have been criticisms of the Pope’s message, notably from those who believe his views are more politically progressive than those of his predecessors.… Read More


Pope Francis on the Care of the Earth

Argentine Flag 18479116_sPope Francis’ latest encyclical is titled Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home. In it he follows the lead of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, speaking of the Earth as our Sister and Mother and lamenting its being “burdened and laid waste,” much like “the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor.”

As soon as it was published, the encyclical drew praise and criticism from unusual quarters.… Read More