Does Pope Francis have a “political agenda”? His conservative critics (e.g., talk-radio stalwart Rush Limbaugh) have accused him of an excessively “radical” critique of capitalism, one that borders on “Marxism.” Yet many Catholics who find the pontiff’s words inspiring sense no particular political implications to his words. This series suggests that Francis’ writings are in fact an astute critique of global political-economic conditions and a call for a profound social and personal transformation. Across the three sessions, we’ll outline the political and historical framework needed to appreciate the full impact of Pope Francis’ encyclicals.
February 24--Economics: Naming the System
March 10--Democracy: Citizens or Consumers?
March 24--Politics: Popular Will and the Common Good