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From First Thoughts

You know that interview Pope Francis gave to Eugenio Scalfari of the Italian newspaper,  La Repubblica ? The one in which the pope made some puzzling comments about conscience and proselytism? The one that so many people,  including me , have been poring over for insights into the . . . . Continue Reading »

A Non-Political Pope? (Part 2)

From First Thoughts

Well, I said you couldn’t tell much from one interview. Last week, I  posted  about Pope Francis’s much discussed interview in an Italian Jesuit journal. I observed that the Pope seemed to be a mystic trying to place the Catholic Church outside politics–either progressive . . . . Continue Reading »

A Non-Political Pope?

From First Thoughts

You can’t tell too much from one interview, of course, but the  interview Pope Francis gave an Italian Jesuit journal last month , and which was released last week, seems like a blockbuster. Everyone understands this. Progressive Catholics are elated. After long years in the wilderness, . . . . Continue Reading »

On Loving the City

From First Thoughts

A  post  yesterday by my St. John’s colleague Marc DeGirolami about Augustine’s two cities—the earthly and heavenly—reminded me of something I read in  Peter Brown’s recent book  on wealth in ancient Rome. Brown argues that a decisive shift in the . . . . Continue Reading »