Richard Rohr with his book “The Universal Christ.” Courtesy photo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (RNS) — Along a quiet stretch of Five Points Road in the oldest neighborhood in New Mexico’s largest city, just down the block from the methadone clinic and a house Catholic workers share with homeless folks, lives one of the world’s most famous modern mystics — an infectiously jovial, flannel-plaid-wearing Franciscan friar, with a childlike joy for telling the world that Jesus Christ loves everyone and is in everything.

It’s a simple, if radical, idea. And one that some critics of Richard Rohr, the 76-year-old Franciscan who founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque 32 years ago, have described as “dangerous” and even “heretical.”

Rohr, one of the most influential

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