Pope Francis’ Visit Is an Opportunity to Reflect
By: Dr. Sasha Breger Bush
A CNN commentary on the Pope’s visit to the US notes,
“the United States, home to the world’s mightiest market economy, a ravenous consumer culture and nurturer of the World Wide Web, appears to represent much of what he abhors.”
Pope Francis has spoken eloquently on the need for compassion and love in politics.
He has denounced global poverty, inequality and environmental degradation, calling for “profound changes in ‘lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the established structures of power which today govern societies.'”
What would Pope Francis make of our attempts to remove the homeless from public spaces in Denver?
Of the recent decision to allow Arctic drilling?
Of the grand displays of wealth and power among our presidential hopefuls?
What are YOUR thoughts?
About the Author: Sasha Breger Bush is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at CU Denver. She teaches and researches about international political economy, global finance, food and agriculture. Sasha’s first book, Derivatives and Development, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.