Join us on Wednesday Evenings for our first Inquiry Sessions on Popes and Politics.
Popes & Politics:
an Inquiry into the history, development, and influence of the Modern Pontiff
Pope Francis is a celebrity. For better or worse, he finds his way into media coverage on a regular basis. But our fascination with the Pope doesn’t end with his fame. He is also the political leader of a nation, the religious leader of more than 1.2 billion Catholics, and a spiritual icon for millions more. The Papacy is also shrouded in confusion and intrigue: Has there always been a Pope? Why is there a Pope? Did the Pope really order the Crusades or the Inquisitions? Were there ever two active Popes at the same time? A female Pope?
In three sessions we will take a deeper look at the history of the pope and the hierarchy of his government, the modern pope and his interactions with Catholics and the media, and the future of governance from the Holy See.
Session 1: Popes and Politics: History and Hierarchy
August 31, 6:45 p.m. in the Church
Since Jesus handed Peter the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Pope has been the leader of the Church. But as the Church has grown, so has the job description of the Pope and his supporting administration. We will examine the history of the papacy and the growth of the hierarchy of Church – from the administration of the ancient church to the governance of a separate, modern city-state and 1.2 billion followers.
Session 2: Popes and Politics: The Modern Pope
September 7, 6:45 p.m. in the Church
“Modern” is an adjective rarely used to describe the Catholic Church. In fact, it can be fairly said that the Church has no desire to be “Modern.” Recent Popes have demonstrated their affinity for our modern world – particularly instantaneous communication – and used it to shepherd their flock.
We will explore the development of the “Modern” Pope from the revolutionary papacy of St. John Paull II through the fame of Pope Francis.
Session 3: Popes and Politics: Curial Reform and the Future Church
September 14, 6:45 p.m. in the Church
The Roman Curia – the Pope’s Administration – has, historically, been a shadowy and confusing realm of overlapping jurisdictions and power. Recent events, from financial corruption to scandals, have spurred significant reforms to the Curia and the Governance of the Catholic Church. We will explore the extent and effect of these reforms, and the effect they will have on the Catholic Church.