Sometime around thirty years ago, the powers closed their doors to compassion. The seats of church and government were filled with reactionary forces. Poverty multiplied like a virus. And those who advocated for the poor, the accused, the sick and the powerless were constantly thwarted.
Yet in the past two years a collective anger has been expressed against corporate greed and police violence. And this week Pope Francis highlighted his U.S. visit by visits to the poor and speeches in favor of the environment and economic justice.
Francis was chosen by his fellow cardinals for his religious orthodoxy. But he understands the world in its human and environmental realities, and such compassion in one so powerful is a welcome sign.
History may again be turning.