Community weekend enriched by Dr. Massimo Faggioli

Massimo Faggioli, church historian and professor of theology at Villanova University shared his thoughts on Catholicism and the American Scene during the annual April community weekend for sisters and oblates. He explained how the pontificate of Francis, from the perspective of both politics and theology, has fostered the emergence of an interesting relationship between Catholicism and the USA.

Throughout the weekend Dr. Faggioli offered many insights and information about the history of the papacy since Vatican II. Through comparison he shared the Pope Francis’ vision of the Church. “It became very clear that Pope Francis wants a church that lives the Gospel—that looks like Jesus Christ and has a place for the marginalized,” shared Sister Marilyn Schauble, Vocation Director. “For Benedictines this rings true. The Benedictine way is to welcome all as Christ; Benedict advocates that we always use the Gospel as our guide.”

Sister Anne Wambach, prioress, added. “It was a very enriching weekend. Massimo is passionate about the vision of the Second Vatican Council. His scholarship and expertise laid out a challenge for all of us. We must continue to work at becoming a church built on the foundations laid by Vatican II.”

Dr. Massimo Faggioli is professor in the department of theology and religious studies at Villanova University. He writes regularly for Italian and English-speaking journals and magazines on the Church, religion and politics, has a column in La Croix International, and is contributing editor for Commonweal. His most recent book published in 2017 is Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century (Liturgical Press 2017)