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James Carroll: The Secular Meaning of Pope Francis

Sunday, February 14

In a recent feature article on Pope Francis in The New Yorker, James Carroll writes “The real meaning of this surprising Pope is being missed. Rather than seeing him as a cult-worthy personality who represents something wholly new in Catholicism, it is better to understand Francis, even in his stylistic deviations, as the culmination of a slow, if jerky, recovery on the part of the Church from its self-defeating rejection of modernity.”

We are delighted to welcome James Carroll — author, historian, journalist, Roman Catholic reformer and long time friend of All Saints Church — back to the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, February 14 for a presentation he has entitled “From Bonhoeffer to Bergoglio: The Secular Meaning of Pope Francis.” Come learn more about “this surprising Pope” from one of the great thought leaders of our generation.

Born in Chicago and raised in Washington, D.C. Carroll has been a civil rights worker, an antiwar activist, and a community organizer in Washington and New York. Ordained to the priesthood in 1969 he served as Catholic chaplain at Boston University — eventually leaving the priesthood to become a novelist and playwright. A prolific writer, Carroll now lives in Boston and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker. His long list of important books includes “Constantine’s Sword” and “Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age.”

Join us on Sunday, February 14 to learn from and be inspired by James Carroll — in the Rector’s Forum at 10:15 a.m. and in the pulpit at 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. Books will be available for purchase. And if you can’t join us in person, so join us via live-stream for the Forum and 11:15 service. For directions to All Saints visit our website.

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Carrol writes that, “it is better to understand Francis, even in his stylistic deviations, as the culmination of a slow, if jerky, recovery on the part of the Church from its self-defeating rejection of modernity.” I am not surprised that this comes from a notorious ex-Catholic priest now making his living by writing for the notorious anti-Catholic New Yorker. The fact is that the post Vatican II Church’s pastoral (not dogmatic) acceptance of modernity and with it modernism, rightly called the synthesis of all heresies, has led to a great apostasy in the Church which through it all has gone through and continues to go through a great auto-demolition where evil is now made to appear good and good is made to appear evil..

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