Massimo Faggioli is professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University. His most recent book is The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving toward Global Catholicity (Orbis).

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Book Review

Jesuit John O'Malley's memoir tells his 'strange and wonderful story'

Book review: The Education of a Historian, the just-published memoir by influential Jesuit Fr. John W. O'Malley, helps readers understand some enormous differences between Catholicism in the mid-20th century and today.


The abuse crisis and the elusive horizon of a repenting church

The Catholic Church enjoyed a bit of a renewed honeymoon with the global media after the May 21st announcement of the "synodal process 2021–2023." But the love fest lasted only about a week.


With new synodal process, Francis creates an insurance policy for reforms

Commentary: This global synodal process is not only ambitious, it is also risky because of its different phases — local, national/continental and central — that will highlight the radical differences in local churches.


Whose synodality? Social alliances and institutional models in global Catholicism

Commentary: A key factor for the future of synodality is the relationship between Christianity and the different social and political traditions around the world, in a community as global as the Catholic Church today.