America is a Jesuit magazine. Politically, I think it is fair to say that it leans slightly to the left. Of course those in charge of the magazine would probably say that it is simply trying to be faithfully Catholic and not political. The editor of America is Matt Malone, S.J.
Franklin Graham is the son of evangelist Billy Graham. His comments about Muslims and other things have made him a controversial figure of late. But many people may not realize that he runs a relief agency called Samaritan’s Purse that has done a lot of good work around the world. Samaritan’s Purse provides medical care during military conflicts, rebuilds homes in the wake of natural disasters, charters emergency airlifts, and distributes food to refugees and other displaced people. (Many evangelicals believe that Graham should stick to the work of Samaritan’s Purse and stop weighing in on politics, but perhaps we could explore that in another post).
Malone and Graham sat down recently to talk about “Facing Darkness,” a soon-to-be- released Samaritan’s Purse film that chronicles the organization’s work in fighting the Ebola pandemic in West Africa. After they discuss the film the conversation moves in some interesting directions.
Here is the conversation:
And here is Malone’s take on the interview.