Clerical Vestments . . . or Revolution?

Clerical Vestments . . . or Revolution?

In his commentary Luke for Everyone, N.T. Wright shares an anecdote, perhaps apocryphal though repeated by many, about the Russian Orthodox Church during pre-communist Russia. Apparently, in October of 1917, a contentious, drawn-out debate broke out among the church’s leadership during its synod in Moscow. What was it about? The color of clerical v

Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the American Political Landscape

Pope Francis, Catholicism, and the American Political Landscape

According to the Pew Research Center, more than 78 percent of Americans have a positive view of the current pope. It is no surprise that ever since the House Speaker, John Boehner, announced Pope Francis’s agreement to speak to a joint U.S. Congress on Sept. 24, 2015, there seems to be a “Francis Effect” taking place both in U.S. politics and among

Pope Francis Brokers Deal Between the U.S. and Cuba

Pope Francis Brokers Deal Between the U.S. and Cuba

In a historic move, the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to bridge the 50-year old divide between the countries and restore full diplomatic relations. The key figure in this deal was the Vatican. According to the NYTimes, [Pope] Francis is being credited for helping bridge the divide by first sending letters to President Obama and President Raúl Castro of