Pope Francis and the Struggle Over the Future of Catholicism

In the seven years since he was elected, Pope Francis’s exhortation that the Catholic Church should go to “the margins” – and his dramatic efforts to lead it there – have faced strong and sometimes venomous opposition from powerful figures in Rome and the Catholic world. Two expert observers give incisive attention to those conflicts in new books: the Tablet's Rome correspondent Christopher Lamb in The Outsider: Pope Francis and His Battle to Reform the Church (2020) and Villanova theologian and historian Massimo Faggioli in The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis (2020).

Lamb and Faggioli will be joined by Berkley Center Director Shaun Casey and Senior Research Fellow Amy Uelmen to discuss conflict within the Vatican and how to interpret the conflict from a cultural perspective, as well as its implications for the Church’s dealings in global affairs and the future of Catholicism. Berkley Center Senior Fellow Paul Elie, who writes regularly about the Vatican and Pope Francis, will moderate the conversation.

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Tuesday, May 26 at 12:00pm to 1:15pm

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Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs




Christopher Lamb, Massimo Faggioli, Shaun Casey, Amy Uelmen, Paul Elie

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