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A New Hope: Pope Francis and Reform of Papacy

by César J. Baldelomar 11-13-2013
Photo by Catholic Church (England and Wales)

The inauguration of Pope Francis. Photo by Catholic Church (England and Wales)

For the first time in a while, I'm feeling optimistic about the direction of the Catholic church's hierarchy in general and about the office of the papacy in particular. Many authors have written about the plethora of ways in which Pope Francis is hitting the "restart" button for a church so devastated by sexual and financial corruption.

Forgotten, however, is the fact that Pope Benedict XVI had to resign for this breath of fresh air to occur. The pope emeritus deserves recognition for his courageous and humble decision and action. Paradoxically, the conservative pope's nontraditional decision to resign has paved the way for the current pope to begin to mend the broken church structures that have allowed corruption to continue unchecked.

Disrupt and Rebuild

by César J. Baldelomar 05-01-2011

Latina/o Social Ethics: Moving Beyond Eurocentric Moral Thinking, by Miguel A. De La Torre.

A Seismic Shift?

by César J. Baldelomar 12-01-2010
The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church by John L. Allen Jr. Doubleday.

The End of Empire?

by César J. Baldelomar 06-01-2010
The Future of Faith, by Harvey Cox. HarperOne.

Solidarity and Retreat

by César J. Baldelomar 01-01-2010

Solitude and Compassion: The Path to the Heart of the Gospel, by Gus Gordon. Orbis.