03 March 2015

Pope Francis the Reformer?

Pope Francis the Reformer? (America, 3 March 2015)

Pope Francis is a radical reformer who is facing enemies—inside and outside of the church—opposed to at least some parts of his agenda, said a prominent church historian. Massimo Faggioli, an expert on the Second Vatican Council and the author of several books, said the pope is not a liberal who exalts the individual as the center of the world and who sees a minimal role for the church in public life. Rather, he sees the church as having a role in society and indeed, "in everything humans go through," Faggioli said at the annual Anthony Jordan Lectures Series Feb. 28 at St. Joseph Seminary. "That is not a liberal thought; it's a radical Christian thought."