August 6, 2014

Address in Toronto: Law and Morality in Public Discourse

My theme tonight is the relationship of law and morality in public discourse. And since it’s always a good idea to start at the beginning, I’ll do that. In the beginning, Genesis tells us, “the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep” (Gen 1:2). Creation begins in […]

July 26, 2014

Address at the Napa Institute: Pope Francis and Economic Justice

I’m a Capuchin Franciscan, and I’ve often found that people think of Francis of Assisi as a kind of 13th-century flower child. St. Francis was certainly “counter-cultural,” but only in his radical obedience to the Church, and his radical insistence on living the Gospel fully — including poverty and all of its other uncomfortable demands. […]