Here’s a piece I wrote about three years ago today.
Like many, I’ve found myself pleasantly surprised and impressed by many of the sayings and doings of the new Pope. He emphasizes helping the needy and is critical of hyper-materialism (he practices what he preaches and drives a cheap car and lives in a simple apartment) and over-judgmentalism. He also goes out of his way to spend time with ordinary people, be it in a correctional facility, in processions, or on the phone. Often dubbed ‘The People’s Pope’, he’s making the most of his promotion, on a mission to do real good in the world. Catholic or not, most people are thrilled that such an influential person is providing an excellent example of how to live a life of service and mercy.
But I wasn’t quite as pleased the author of an article in the Huffington Post about Pope Francis’ first encyclical (co-authored with the last…
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