The Francis Effect

The Francis Effect

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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 a€œage of Francis.a€ Pope Francis has become an unlikely global star whose image has graced the covers of Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Time, and even the nationa€™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 worlda€™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.A Radical Popea#39;s Challenge to the American Catholic Church John Gehring ... a€œ Ita#39;s important to leverage this visit so wea#39;re building momentum not just for service and charity but for social change. ... a€œIt was funeral city around here. ... a€œHis idea of a church going to the margins is a great template for how we think about our ministry, a€ says East, who grew up steeped in the social Gospel at a Jesuit parish inanbsp;...


Title:The Francis Effect
Author: John Gehring
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2015-08-13
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