from The Great Debate:

Tackling inequality: Where a president meets a pope

By Martin E. Marty
March 27, 2014

There has been much speculation about President Barack Obama’s meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday. One Catholic church authority asserted, “it is not the task of the pope to offer a detailed and complete analysis of contemporary reality.” The pope got that message -- he wrote it himself in his first official “Papal Exhortation” last year.

U.S. Catholic CEO responds to Benedict’s economic encyclical

July 8, 2009

charity-in-truthPope Benedict’s encyclical “Charity in Truth” proposed a sweeping reform of the world economic system from one based on the profit motive to one based on solidarity and concern for the common good. Like other such documents in the Roman Catholic Church’s social teaching tradition, the encyclical delivers a strong critique of unbridled capitalism. This can be uncomfortable for Catholics who champion free enterprise and some conservative Catholic writers reacted quickly and critically. One of them, George Weigel, wrote the encyclical “resembles a duck-billed platypus.”

Paraguay’s opposition slams ex-bishop president over love child

April 15, 2009

URUGUAYParaguay’s political opposition whipped out the heavy artillery on Tuesday, taking President Fernando Lugo to task for having fathered a child while he still served as a Roman Catholic bishop.

Another day, another faith coalition

April 1, 2009

Is it my imagination, or are there lots of new faith coalitions and initiatives sprouting up these days?

from Raw Japan:

Beating poverty, literally

February 26, 2009

In the depths of what may be Japan's worst recession ever, more than a few people feel like they have been kicked hard.