Bill Moyers Interviews Thomas Cahill 

The impact of Pope Francis on the whole church – and American politics.

Bill Moyers & Company has posted a video of Moyers interviewing best selling author and At the Threshold contributor Thomas Cahill. This video is worth the fifteen minutes.

Why did conservative cardinals elect this man?

What is the bottom line for Christianity; what is “absolute” for the faithful?

What will this Pope be able to do about Women’s ordination, about all of the church’s obsessively fixated issues regarding sex and procreation?

What is driving people like Rush Limbaugh and editorial staffs like that of the Wall Street Journal up the wall?

Do any issues of partisanship and sectarian differences – doctrinal, liturgical, whatever – matter within Christianity any more?

What does Cahill mean when he says that he is “equally at home,” “equally impatient,” and “equally ill-at-ease” in each and every church?

You can also watch the interview and read its transcript on the Moyers & Company website.

Read Thomas Cahill’s articles for At the Threshold here.

Fr. Albert Cutié

Fr. Albert Cutié

By Rev. Albert Cutie

Father Albert Cutie (also known as “Padre Alberto”) has had the special privilege of entering millions of homes throughout the world through a variety of television and radio programs, as well as his books and advice columns. He became the first priest to conduct a daily television “Talk Show,” broadcast nationally and internationally. Originally ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1995, Father Albert joined the Episcopal Church (part of the Anglican Communion) on May 28, 2009 and now continues to serve as a married priest in the Diocese of Southeast Florida. He is the author of Real Life, Real Love (Ama de Verdad, Vive de Verdad), a self-help book which became a bestseller in Spanish. His latest book, Dilemma, is a candid and controversial memoir. He is currently the Priest-in-Charge of The Church of the Resurrection in Biscayne Park, FL where he lives with his lovely wife, Ruhama, and their three children. FatherAlbert’s new radio segment and weekly newspaper column is entitled “Animo Para el Camino” (“Courage for the Journey”), an inspirational message for daily living. His website is You can also follow him on Twitter

There is little doubt that Pope Francis has captivated the world with his personable style, humility and apparent openness to the issues facing contemporary society. This pretty generalized attraction also goes way beyond the boundaries of Roman Catholicism and other religious groups, as was recently confirmed when Time Magazine named him “Person of the Year.” The fact is that most of us are happy about this Pope, and we have not seen such a popular religious figure in a long while, capable of engaging the world’s media in such an intense way—and almost daily.

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Rush Limbaugh attacked the pope’s Evangelii Gaudium on his November 27th show, calling it Marxist and accusing the Catholic Church of being “made of money.” This comes on the heels of the words of Sarah Palin on this matter. At the Threshold urges you to lend your voice, to join with all of those who support of the Roman Catholic Church in the strides being made towards a Future Church of inclusion, equality, and justice.

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good has a petition on their website for Catholics and allies to demand an apology from Rush. So far, it has less than 7,000 signature. Sign the petition and add your voice to let people know  that those of us who support a more progressive future for the church are not going to stand silently by, but we are going to support this Pope and call on him for more reform—not less.

Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at The University of Chicago and one of the most prominent interpreters of religion and culture today.

Martin E. Marty

Martin E. Marty

By Martin E. Marty

As Pope Francis was an exhorter bidding for attention last month, not only Roman Catholics were his exhortees. Count us in. The dictionary tells us that adding “-ee” to a word turns it into one which means a person or thing that is the object of that verb. The pontiff issued an “apostolic exhortation,” Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), whose 85 pages have inspired uncommon attention in the media. It was clear that he focused on Catholics, but he probably wouldn’t mind if the rest of us joined his faithful in heeding the exhortation. The document concerned “economic inequality,” “unequal wealth,” and in it he denounced the current economic system as “unjust at its roots” because it defends “the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation.” He calls the result “a new tyranny,” which “unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules.”

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