The Francis Effect

The Francis Effect

A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church

Book - 2015
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The Francis Effect explores how a church once known as a towering force for social justice became known for a narrow agenda most closely aligned with one political party, and then looks at the opportunities for change in the "age of Francis." Pope Francis has become an unlikely global star whose image has graced the covers of Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Time, and even the nation's oldest magazine for gays and lesbians. The first Latin American pope, the first Jesuit, and the first to take the name of a beloved saint of the poor, Francis is shaking up a church that has been mired in scandal and demoralized by devastating headlines. His bracing critique of an out-of-touch hierarchy, pastoral style when it comes to divisive issues, and humble gestures rejecting the trappings of papal power have changed the conversation about the world's most powerful religious institution. But in the United States, Pope Francis finds a church that has been transformed over the past three decades by a vocal minority of culture warrior bishops, conservative intellectuals, and Christian evangelicals. The first half of the book analyzes the key trends that shaped the Catholic Church over the past century, while the second half looks at the words and actions of Pope Francis, and what they mean for real change.
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
ISBN: 9781442243200
1442243201
Branch Call Number: 282.092 GEHRING
Characteristics: xvii, 267 pages ; 24 cm

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Jan 05, 2016

"I'm pro-life, but the pro-life movement doesn't represent many of us. I've seen how nasty they can be and how willing they are to disparage good people. It's not about abortion. It's about electing Republicans. Many pro-life Democrats I worked with to pass health care reform believed in the seamless garment of life more than many of my Republican colleagues who never wanted to do anything about poverty or the death penalty. They only wanted to talk about abortion and call themselves 'pro-life.'" - Steve Driehaus

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Jan 05, 2016

If people were under the illusion that there might be a rapprochement between the liberal and conservative wings of the Catholic Church with the arrival of Pope Francis, they were in for a rude awakening; in fact if anything the divisions have only grown deeper. This book chronicles the history of those divisions. It also looks at how social justice issues the church champions are denounced by right-wing politicians, while the left-wing are up in arms over the church cracking down on nuns, who are in the front lines of providing social services to many. The book also notes Francis' age - unlike John Paul II and Benedict XVI he may not have much time to make the reforms necessary to bring the church into the 21st century.

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