A Future of Faith – The Path of Change in Pol­i­tics and Society

Pope Fran­cis – with Dominique Wolton

Many thanks to Brother Ed Car­mody for intro­duc­ing me to (and lend­ing me) this book. This is a ques­tion and answer for­mat book with an author and the Pope. The author, Dominique Wolton, was selected by the Pope, he is a proud French­man, a true believer in the Euro­pean Union, the French Rev­o­lu­tion and has deep con­cerns over the way glob­al­iza­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies are shap­ing the world. The book is very Euro-​centric, and hardly men­tions the US at all.

I have to admit, Pope Fran­cis has been a puz­zle to me. He is often quoted mak­ing some state­ment that raises a ruckus. Yet when I dig into the mat­ter, in depth, I find he doesn’t really teach or say any­thing dif­fer­ent from Pope Bene­dict the XVI or Pope John Paul II. In the book, it is obvi­ous that this is a very smart man with very dif­fer­ent life expe­ri­ences and edu­ca­tion than I have. He is quite con­cerned with what he calls “Pol­i­tics with a cap­i­tal P”. In the end, this means dis­cus­sions, real dis­cus­sions; per­son to per­son and peo­ples to peo­ples. He has much less patience for what we would call pol­i­tics, two or more par­ties strug­gling within their gov­ern­ment frame­work to extract the most they can.

Here are some of my favorite things he says in the book, things that really make me think:

In today’s world, 62 peo­ple own as much wealth as 3.5 bil­lion poor people.”

The Bible tells us that God hears the cry of His peo­ple, and I wish to join my voice to yours in call­ing for the three Ls for all our broth­ers and sis­ters: land, lodg­ing and labor. I have said it before and I will say it again: these are sacred rights.”

Four evils of the press: dis­in­for­ma­tion, slan­der, defama­tion, coprophilia.” (look that one up – OUCH!)

You know how an Argen­tin­ian com­mits sui­cide? He climbs to the top of his ego and jumps off.” (The pope is Argentinian)

The Pope is approach­able, knowl­edge­able and funny. He has some pretty sharp com­ments for peo­ple and sys­tems he sees as con­tribut­ing to iso­la­tion, ide­olo­gies, and sit­u­a­tions that pre­vent all peo­ple from hav­ing the dig­nity of a good job, a place to live and land to own, good land that has not been cor­rupted, land that can feed and sus­tain peo­ple. His num­ber one con­cern is with dig­nity of a good job, that can sup­port one’s family.

There were a cou­ple of state­ments, made by Pope Fran­cis that I just couldn’t wrap my head around. But these were two or three in num­ber. For the most part I found myself agree­ing with what he had to say and gain­ing a bet­ter under­stand­ing of him and where he wants to lead the church.

I rec­om­mend read­ing this book.

ISBN 9781250200563