There is no magic pill for the political polarization gripping the country – no perfect candidate, no bipartisan commission. The problem has roots far below the surface of politics.
We say: Yes, the rich are growing richer, but the concentration of wealth is more extreme than most imagine. This is sparking a new look at poverty.
In the current issue of Theological Studies, Kate Ward and Kenneth R. Himes of Boston College deliver a heavily documented and deeply penetrating analysis of economic inequality. It is an issue that affects not just the United States but other nations as well, they note.
Time magazine listed Pope Francis in its annual “100 most influential people” issue and asked a fellow world leader to write a tribute: President Obama.
“Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people,” Obama wrote. “Pope Francis is such a leader.”
Obama lauded the pontiff for his “message of inclusion” and his many acts of kindness, such as “embracing the sick, ministering to the homeless, (and) washing the feet of young prisoners.”
Pope Francis is adding his voice to the chorus of papal statements fostering social justice.