Why the Pope Needs Ninjas

Well, first of all, because we all need ninjas. But Jonah Goldberg explains more specifically: …it’s worth keeping in mind that we are already in an era of armed transnational religious movements. The problem is that they are evil. What would be so terrible about leading by example? Papal peacekeepers could do incredibly valuable work in parts of Africa or South More …

Is the Pope Promoting Envy?

Well, here’s an interesting take on all the Pope’s recent income inequality talk: By dwelling on inequality, the pope is promoting envy. The Catholic Church, I had always understood, disapproves of envy, deeming it one of the seven deadly sins. I would have expected Francis to urge people to think of themselves in relation to God and to their own More …

The Pope’s Economics

Well, Pope Francis recently made some comments about capitalism that most observers are interpreting as anti-capitalist. And, with good reason: “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” Francis wrote in the papal statement. “This opinion, which has More …

Ode to Penn

Penn Jillette, magician and avowed atheist, actually does seem to understand what the papacy means more than most commentators I’ve seen on TV. “Well, I think I may be somebody who believes in the Pope’s position more than most Catholics. I really take people at their word. And it seems like all of the cynicism and all of the – More …

Why the Mainstream Media gets so Wound Up over the Pope

As highlighted by James Taranto in the WSJ, a lot of journalists have been expressing their dismay that the new pope is, in fact, Catholic. Apparently, newsrooms around the country are rife with shock and astonishment the the man who has dedicated his life to Christ and ascended to the highest post in the Catholic church doesn’t share the attitudes More …