Lighten Up, Francis

Lighten Up, Francis
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Over the weekend, Pope Francis became the first leader of the Catholic Church since John Paul II in 1981 to visit the Japanese cities devasted by atomic weapons. His talks in Nagasaki and Hiroshima were undoubtedly heartfelt, compassionate, and cognizant of the horrors of what transpired in those cities. They were also myopic and reflective of much that is amiss in Christian thinking about human conflict and war. In his idealistic insobriety, he failed to take a clear-eyed look at both the context of the past and the conditions of the future. 

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