By: Thomas P. Rausch, SJ
* Catholic Media Association Award Winner / Future Church
“Pope Francis, the first non-European pontiff . . . sees the Church as a Church of and for the poor, a welcoming Church no longer centered in Europe, but one that goes to the peripheries, bringing the good news of the gospel.”—From the Introduction
Global Catholicism critically examines and analyzes the emerging patterns and trends that point to a Church that is polycentric rather than European, one that is less privileged, with more comprehensive governance, an expanded ministry, a Church emphasizing dialogue with culture and other religions, and a more inclusive ecumenism.
Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, is Emeritus T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The author of numerous award-winning books, he has served on several ecumenical dialogues, is the co-chair of Theological Commission for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and was advisor to the Jesuit Superior General Adolfo Nicolás on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations from 2010 to 2015.