Rev. Sirico: Papal Visit To Cuba Will Embolden Change

While Pope Francis was only in Cuba for a short time, Catholic leaders are hoping that his visit there will bring hope to the people of this island nation. Others, however, wish the pope had spoken more forcefully on issues such as the human rights-violations of the Castro regime. Continue Reading...

Bruce Walker: Pope Francis’ Demonization of Fossil Fuels Is Premature If Not Downright Foolhardy

Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, presents a particularly one-sided view of fossil fuels, and a view that is none too charitable. “[A] number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of green house gases … released mainly as a result of human activity,” he writes, and continues: “The problem is aggravated by a model of development based on the intensive use of fossil fuels, which is at the heart of the worldwide energy system.” Setting aside my disagreements with Pope Francis on scientific issues pertaining to the reality of climate change and its ostensible causes, let’s focus on his demonization of fossil fuels and clarion call for increased renewable-energy investments and implementation. Continue Reading...

Rev. Sirico: Francis Doesn’t Yet Appreciate Free Markets

During his pontificate, we have come to expect Pope Francis to stir the proverbial pot. His observations on economic matters, in particular, have set the Internet landscape ablaze with battles between left and right, and this will no doubt come to a boiling point this week during his visit to the United States. Continue Reading...