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January 22, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Free speech: Pope was suggesting individual restraint, not state censorship

Leonard Pitts Jr. in his column “Pope needs a lesson in freedom” [Opinion, Jan. 18] criticized Pope Francis for his comments during the flight to Manila with respect to freedom of expression. Pitts quoted the Pope: “You cannot provoke” and “You cannot insult the faith of others.” Pitts then assumes, apparently without reading…


Comments | More in First Amendment | Topics: Charlie Hebdo, Free speech, Peter M. Anderson

December 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Islamic State: Pope Francis’ call wouldn’t protect innocent Christians

Although Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew are taking steps to ending the schism between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, these efforts are hard to notice when there is a terrorist group, the Islamic State, persecuting and murdering Christians in Syria and Iraq [“Pope, patriarch demand end to IS attacks,” Nation &…


Comments | More in Islamic State | Topics: Catholic Church, iraq, Islamic State

January 22, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Catholic child abuse: A personal plea to Pope Francis

I am longing for the moment when Pope Francis will name the greatest scandal in church history for what it is and not skirt the issue. Francis has yet to utter the words, “The priest abuse of children.” [“Vatican comes under sharp criticism for sex abuse,” Nation & World, Jan. 16] Rather, he avoids…


Comments | More in Catholic Church | Topics: Catholic Church, Child abuse, Pope Francis

September 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Pope Francis encourages Catholic Church to be more inclusive

GOP should learn from pope If it’s good enough for the pope, it should be good enough for the GOP. [“Pope calls for church to be inclusive, less dogmatic,” page one, Sept. 20.] Casting aside three decades of looking back, Pope Francis is taking his church on a journey that embraces the spirit of the law,…


Comments | More in Catholic Church, Politics, Religion, Republicans | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Catholic, GOP

March 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Pope Francis: Conservative theology, generous public persona

Francis provides hope for humanity Although I’m not a Roman Catholic, I am a believer and I was deeply offended that the editorial in The Times not only denigrated and disparaged the entire process of Pope Francis’ election but seemed written to play to a supposed gallery of nonbelievers (chuckle, chuckle) [“Pople Francis and the…


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March 19, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Choice of Pope Francis may mean shift for Catholic Church

Growth out of orthodoxy The article regarding Seattle Catholics and the election of Pope Francis begins with the repeatedly mistaken assumption among the progressive Catholic community that our new pope should conform to their thinking, with strong hopes that the city-culture will emerge triumphant [“Seattle Catholics toast new pope,” page one, March 14]. As laymen we…


Comments | More in Catholic Church, Religion, Seattle | Topics: Pope Francis

March 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM

New Pope honors St. Francis of Assisi

Name should encourage respect for animals I was delighted to learn that the newly elected pope named himself after St. Francis of Assisi, generally known as patron saint of the animals [“Papal name honors saint who served the poor,” News, March 14]. Indeed, Catholic and Anglican churches hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day…


Comments | More in animals, Religion | Topics: Catholicism, Pope Francis