New York Times
bestselling historian Garry Wills takes on a pressing question in modern
religion—will Pope Francis embrace change?
Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope and the first from the
Americas, offers a challenge to his church. Can he bring about significant
change? Should he?
Garry Wills argues that changes have been the evidence of
life in the Catholic Church. It has often changed, sometimes with bad
consequences, more often with good—good enough to make it perdure. In this
brilliant and incisive study, he gives seven examples of deep and serious
changes that have taken place within the last century. None of them was effected
by the pope all by himself.
As Wills contends, it is only by examining the history of
the church that we can understand the
challenges facing both it and Francis,
and as history shows, any changes that meet those challenges will have impact
only if the church, the people of God, support them. In reading the church’s
history, Wills considers the lessons Pope Francis seems to have learned. The
challenge that Francis offers the church is its ability to undertake new
spiritual adventures, making it a poor church for the poor, after the example
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