The Great Reformer Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/25/2014
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

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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.

Author Biography

Austen Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist, and commentator on religious and political affairs who holds a PhD from Oxford University. His work appears regularly in the Jesuit magazine America and in many other periodicals. He is well known on British media, especially on the BBC, Sky, ITV and Al-Jazeera, as a Catholic commentator.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi
One: Far Away and Long Ago (1936–­1957) 1
Two: The Mission (1958–­1966) 40
Three: Storm Pi­lot (1967–­1974) 83
Four: Crucible (1975–­1979) 124
Five: The Leader Expelled (1980–­1992) 165
Six: A Bishop Who Smelled of Sheep (1993–2000) 210
Seven: Gaucho Cardinal (2001–­2007) 253
Eight: Man for Others (2008–­2012) 302
Nine: Conclave (2013) 349
Epilogue: The Great Reform 368
Notes 393
Note on Sources 411
Ac­know­ledg­ments 419
Index 421

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