Point of View: Interpreting the Francis Effect
is a S+L series that goes deeper into the questions surrounding the person and pontificate of Pope Francis. The series consists of a selection of the full interviews from S+L’s original documentary The Francis Effect.
Find the full schedule for Season 2 of POV here
Tonight: Josephine Lombardi, PhD
A commonly held view among Catholics is that much of the difference in style between Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis comes from the particular emphases of their lives and ministries. Joseph Ratzinger was always a theologian, a deep intellect and contemplative immersed in the world of academia. Jorge Mario Bergoglio was always a pastor, a man who spent his days living and working with ordinary folks, accompanying them through the daily joys and struggles.
The Church has always held these emphases in balance. It might be easy to focus on the differences between the two men, but the centrality of the Gospel in both of their lives and ministries remains a common denominator. This leads some, like Josephine Lombardi, to the position that Francis’ style and outreach are only the natural—perhaps necessary—pastoral extension of Benedict’s great theological contributions. The temptation to separate or polarize the two popes can lead to a depreciation and misunderstanding of both.
A theologian from Hamilton, Ontario, Professor Lombardi teaches at the diocesan seminary in Toronto. As someone who read and appreciated the great theological mind of Pope Benedict, Lombardi’s thoughts on the new ways in which Francis communicates the Church’s message are illuminating. She is also a wife and mother, and an active lay member of the local church. Her interview reflects a kind of common sense and common wisdom that are based on a deep spiritual life and a wealth of pastoral experience.
Watch Episode 2 of Point of View: Interpreting the Francis Effect
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
9:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm PT
Only on Salt and Light Television