Just Catholic: Looks like the Pope Francis Fan Club is losing membership. All that care for the poor business had to be getting on folks' nerves.
I used to say that I was a post-Christian kind of Christian, because it helped me explain some perennial confusions to myself.
For example, I believe in more than one road to the almighty, am married to a Jew and just had the bris for my third grandchild. The Muslim Consultative Network is in the office next to mine at my church, Judson Memorial Church, in Greenwich Village. The ecumenical magazine Christian Century has often said my writing was too Jewish, and the Jewish interfaith magazine Tikkun complained that my writing is too Christian.
Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has set a goal of benchmarking all 2,700 buildings in the Archdiocese of Chicago to ensure that they are as energy efficient as possible.
He announced the goal during a news conference Friday at Old St. Mary's School on Michigan Avenue.
The news conference was held after Chicago's archbishop toured the school with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.
Eco Catholic: Voters in several swing states agree with Pope Francis' call for global action to address climate change, but aren't sold on it as an issue of morality.
Eco Catholic: In their declaration, the mayors said their cultural traditions affirmed the the "moral duty to steward rather than ravage" the planet.
I have to admit: I was stunned.
I am a Sister of Loretto, and my Loretto community is very environmentally conscious. For years, we have passed strong resolutions on climate change and preserving creation, but this week our delegate assembly voted unanimously to divest the congregation from all stocks and bonds in fossil fuels.
I had been working on that resolution for months, so I did expect it to pass. But unanimously? I was stunned.
Eco Catholic: Pope Francis told the mayors that they are important because they can make concrete changes and put pressure on leaders above them.
Elections, like profit reports, have regular short-term rhythms, which is why Pope Francis' encyclical letter on the environment was so "appropriate and absolutely essential" for waking people up to the dangers of climate change, said California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Eco Catholic: Francis described minerals as "a precious gift from God" that are fundamental to many aspects of human life and activity.
Pope Francis visited one of Latin America's most notorious prisons, calling himself "a man who was and is saved from his many sins."
"I couldn't leave Bolivia without seeing you, without sharing the hope and faith given in the cross," he told people at Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz.
Speaking on the final morning of his less than 48-hour visit to Bolivia, the pope called for conversion and a changing of attitudes among inmates in their relations among each other and the broader society, which often views such populations with suspicions.