Pope Francis in Postcolonial Reality

Pope Francis in Postcolonial Reality

Pope Francis in Postcolonial Reality

TITLE Pope Francis in Postcolonial Reality: Complexities, Ambiguities and Paradoxes

BY Nicolas Panotto, ed.

ABSTRACT From an excavation of the colonial processes and Argentinian context from and by which Pope Francis rose through the ranks of Catholic institutions, to an analysis of the inherent tension between Pope Francis’ agenda of justice and the doctrinal reality of a papacy and church that refuses to seriously and substantively address issues of gender, sexuality, poverty, and, liberation, this volume pulls at the threads of the figure and person of Pope Francis. Of the many questions this compilation raises, one stands out: Does the figure and image of a more progressive Catholic church match the substance of its actions? This question, while certainly not new, generates nuanced layers of inquiry and understanding as the authors contained herein carry it through the social context and liberatory pursuit of a postcolonial Latin America.

RELEASE September 2015

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Praise for Pope Francis in Postcolonial Reality

Pope Francis in Postcolonial Reality discusses perspectives from Latin American liberation theology, politics, gender  and identity, as well as religious pluralism and the Roman Catholic Church. A very compelling look at Pope Francis from a liberation theological, postcolonial perspective. I highly recommend it.”

— Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor, Harvard University

Pope Francis is an exciting echo of developments in “the South” where a new Catholicism  is being imagined and birthed. The authors of this book who know Francis and whence he comes show that his roots are more important than the man himself and they make clear that Catholicism must be rethought from the bottom up if the church is not to continue its devolution into an irrelevant sect bleating at the fringes of a world in decline. If the Catholic Church has a future, you will see it in these pages.”

— Daniel C. Maguire, professor of religious ethics, Marquette University


Which Liberation Theology? Pope Francis and the choice of theologies for his papacy
Cláudio Carvalhaes

Theorizing Progressive Change in Uniquely Roman Catholic Ways: between scholastic and postcolonial philosophy
Emilce Cuda

Pope Francis: Church, State, Economics and Sex
Thia Cooper

Is Pope Francis the First Latin American Pope? The Politics of Identity in América
Michelle A. Gonzalez

Postcolonial Catholics: a U.S. feminist perspective
Mary E. Hunt 

Providential Messianism and the Prophetic Voice: A perennial dilemma
Luis N. Rivera-Pagán

Making Space at the Table? Pope Francis and the challenge of religious pluralism and inter-religious dialogue
Hugo Córdova Quero 

The Complexity of Religious Identifications: Meanings and paradoxes in the relationship between beliefs, experiences and the polity in the new Pope Francis age
Nicolás Panotto

Pope Francis: Light and Shadows
Emilie Smith


Nicolas PanottoNicolás Panotto, Argentinean theologian from the IU ISEDET (Buenos Aires). Master in Social and Political Anthropology and PhD candidate in Social Sciences (FLACSO Argentina) Scholar of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET – Argentina) Director of the Multidisciplinary Study Group on Religion and Social Advocacy (GEMRIP) Member of the continental directive board of the Latin American Theological Fellowship. Author of Nomadic Paths: encounters, experiences, faith and theology (Concordia, Chile, 2012 – Spanish), Towards a Theology of the Political Subject (UNA, San José, 2012 – Spanish) and Theology and The Public (GEMRIP, Buenos Aires, 2015). Grupo Gemrip, of which Nicolas is founder, has a strategic partnership with Postcolonial Networks. Nicolas is a board member of Postcolonial Networks.