In the weeks since the election of Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope Francis, the world has been struck by how the new pope has comported himself. Everything from his sartorial decisions (dropping the ermine-lined mozzetta and the red shoes) to his living arrangements (paying his hotel bill in person, staying in the Casa Santa Marta instead of the Apostolic Palace) to his choice of the name Francis has stimulated conversation about his simplicity and what that might mean for the present and future of the Catholic Church. For many, his disposition so far is summed up in his simple statement “Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor.”
While the question of Papal style and Papal substance will remain a live one in the months and years to come, the contributors this week have been inspired by Pope Francis’ election to take a close look at the relationship between theology and poverty.
The schedule of posts for Shark Week IV!
Monday: A Theological History of Private Property by John Slattery
Tuesday: Transfigured Knowing — A Poor Mind Serving a Poor Church by Kevin Johnson
Wednesday: The Amoral under the Immoral: Mainstream Economic Theory by Heather DuBois
Wednesday: A Prayerful Church for the Poor: Pope Francis on Encountering Christ in Prayer and Solidarity by Michael Rubbelke
Thursday: The Rich Young Man and Privilege by Stephen Okey
Friday: Dependency and Reality by Brad Rothrock
Saturday: Happy Are the Poor. (Yes. Really.) by Marc Rugani
Sunday: The Pope and the Power of Humility by Kevin Ahern
We look forward to your comments and insights!