The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis
By: Massimo Faggioli
"In a single, concise, and digestible volume, Massimo Faggioli pulls off a minor miracle: a wide-angled, authoritative interpretation of the epochal shift of the Francis pontificate even while it is still in full flow. He shows Francis boldly grasping that history's turning wheels demand a new Christian inculturation, one that requires not just reform but a renewal of mindset, culture, and custom. A masterful interpretation of a pivotal papacy." --Austen Ivereigh, author, Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church
"No one in the United States has a firmer grasp of the global reality of the church today and of the dynamics of Pope Francis's pontificate than Massimo Faggioli. In this book, he puts that expertise to work with great originality and with stunning results." --John O'Malley, Georgetown University
"A work of great utility that situates the pontificate within the contemporary historical horizon characterized by the crisis of globalization. Massimo Faggioli unites Francis with John XXIII, the pope of Vatican II, in opening the Church to the world, beyond the limits of the West. An essential tool for all those who, outside of the ideological debate, wish to understand the true challenges of Catholicism today." --Massimo Borghesi, author, The Mind of Pope Francis: Jorge Mario Bergoglio's Intellectual Journey
An expert on the papacy and Vatican II, Massimo Faggioli draws from world history, politics, papal biographies, and the documents of Vatican II for this incisive analysis of Francis's developing pontificate. He notes that Francis is a liminal papacy, one that gives attention to the poor, to the peripheries, and to relations between the Vatican and other religions, with an emphasis on synodality and on the Church as the people of God. He also contrasts Francis with his immediate predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II, and shows his similarities with the spirit of John XXIII, the architect of Vatican II.
Massimo Faggioli is professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University and a contributing writer to Commonwealth magazine. His recent publications include Pope Francis: Tradition in Transition and The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements since Vatican II.