Pope Francis

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Hope After the Pope?

On-air date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015
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The crowds have dispersed. The television images of an inspirational Pope connecting with Americans of all backgrounds in huge rallies and more intimate settings have been replaced by coverage of politics, Trump style.

University of St. Thomas theologian Paul Wojda looks back on Pope Francis’s visit to the United States and forward to the work that lies ahead. What will be the lasting impact of the Pope’s visit on the Catholic Church and the American body politic? Will his social-justice teaching create a space for a deeper dialogue on climate change, immigration, and the needs of the poor? Can the hope that Pope Francis inspired be sustained?

For ongoing coverage of the Pope from a progressive Catholic perspective go to www.ncronline.org

Climate Change: What Difference Can a City Make?

On-air date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015
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On July 22, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges joined 60 mayors from around the world for a meeting with Pope Francis on climate change.  The meeting was more than ceremonial.  The Pope believes cities have the power to make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change as well as the often-related issues of extreme poverty, forced migration, and human trafficking.

Hodges was the only mayor of a Midwest city to be invited to the Pope’s meeting.   It turns out Minneapolis is already taking aggressive action on climate change. The Minneapolis Climate Action Plan adopted by the City Council in June of 2013 sets ambitious targets for greenhouse gas reductions.  Using 2006 as the baseline, the city pledges to reduce emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

What Difference Can a Pope Make? Pope Francis on Climate Change and Social Justice

On-air date: 
Mon, 06/22/2015
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The much anticipated release of Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change was greeted with jubilation by environmentalists and social justice advocates around the world. In his 192-page message, Laudatu Si (“Praise Be”), the Pope links climate change to the over-arching theme of his papacy — fighting global inequality and poverty.

In the short time that he has been Pope, Francis has inspired millions — and not only Catholics.  Certainly his insistence that climate change is real, man-made and requires a massive response by individuals, corporations, and governments comes at a critical time. But can the Pope’s teaching and example really make a difference?  Will climate skeptics inside the Church and in the general public re-examine their views and perhaps even their conscience?

To help us understand the Pope’s message on climate change, as well as his larger impact, TTT is joined by:

Dr. Paul Wojda, associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas.

Matt Gladhue, organizer for ISAIAIH, a congregation-based social justice organization

Dr. David Pellow, sociologist and environmental justice scholar, recently with the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota