Pope Francis Wants Personal and Political Reform

Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article in the Washington Examiner with millennial Catholic Christopher White. They write:

Francis speaks out for the poor and the immigrant, and for unborn children and their mothers. He upholds marriage while reaching out to the marginalized. He advocates for greater environmental conscientiousness while asking us to respect all of creation. He reaches to the fringes and safeguards the family. These aren’t mutually exclusive ideas; they’re all essential parts our Catholic tradition. His ask to us is to reclaim all of it.

Perhaps the two greatest themes of his pontificate have been the call for mercy and the call to encounter. We can expect more of that — both in style and substance — during his visit here. He will ask that we become a country that adheres to our great heritage of being welcoming to all in need, regardless of their life circumstances. He’ll also remind us that reform of the political begins with the personal.

Yes, Francis is asking that we change the way we do politics. But he’s also asking that we change ourselves first.

The full article can be read here.