On August 2, the Vatican announced a change in the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s teaching on the death penalty. The new teaching rejects the notion that capital punishment is legitimate in some cases, declaring that “‘the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,’ and [the Church] works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”... Read more about The Catholic Church, Pope Francis, and the Penalty of Death
This feature is part of an HDS Communications interview series offering students a closer look at selected upcoming courses. Below, we chat with Hollis Professor of Divinity Emeritus Harvey Cox about his fall 2017 class “Pope Francis: His ‘Theology of the People’ and the Future of Religion,” which will examine biographical material on Francis, his peace-making efforts, and his attempts to reform the Vatican and to reorient the Church towards the poor....
One of the problems about being pope, said HDS professor Francis Clooney, director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, is the immensely diverse set of political situations with which a pontiff’s words carry weight.
In response to a recent interview with Pope Francis, HDS professor and CSWR director Francis X. Clooney, S.J., examines the pontiff's rather novel view of “Europe” in relation to Christendom, and his analysis of fearful responses to Islam.