The Great Reformer – Francis and the making of a radical Pope

by | Mar 4, 2015 | Church Archive, Church B, Evangelisation, ZZ_All

Talk by Austen Ivereigh on his biography of Pope Francis.  This talk hosted by The Irish Catholic was livestreamed from Avila in Dublin on 3rd March 2015.

The Great Reformer

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A biography of Pope Francis that describes how this revolutionary thinker will use the power of his position to challenge and redirect one of the world’s most formidable religions

An expansive and deeply contextual work, at its heart The Great Reformer is about the intersection of faith and politics—the tension between the pope’s innovative vision for the Church and the obstacles he faces in an institution still strongly defined by its conservative past. Based on extensive interviews in Argentina and years of study of the Catholic Church, Ivereigh tells the story not only of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the remarkable man whose background and total commitment to the discernment of God’s will transformed him into Pope Francis—but the story of why the Catholic Church chose him as their leader.

With the Francis Revolution just beginning, this biography will provide never-before-explained context on how one man’s ambitious program began—and how it will likely end—through an investigation of Francis’s youth growing up in Buenos Aires and the dramatic events during the Perón era that shaped his beliefs; his ongoing conflicts and disillusionment with the ensuing doctrines of an authoritarian and militaristic government in the 1970s; how his Jesuit training in Argentina and Chile gave him a unique understanding and advocacy for a “Church of the Poor”; and his rise from Cardinal to the papacy.

[testimonial_item title=”Praise for The Great Reformer” name=”John L. Allen Jr ” position=”Associate Editor Crux and The Boston Globe” company=”Crux and The Boston Globe “]“Easily the best treatment of Pope Francis’ Argentine background in English, written by someone who knows Catholicism inside and out. Masterful, indispensible, and gripping.”[/testimonial_item]