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Five years with Francis, the people’s pope

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Commentary. Bergoglio’s papacy is not a break with tradition, but a clear change of pace, which showed itself in the full measure of its radicalism on the occasions of the Pope’s addresses to the World Meetings of Popular Movements in 2014 and 2016.

written by Alessandro Santagata

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March 13, 2018

Michel Foucault wrote that the “pastoral power” of the Church was one of the structures on which the Western notion of “governmentality” was built. It is commonly thought nowadays that ever since the 18th century, the Church has largely lost this prerogative, under attack by the phenomenon of secularization and in tandem with the loss of its political power.

However, one possible interpretation of the papacy of Pope Francis can lead one to question this accepted chronological account.

Concern about Bergoglio’s difficulties in trying to enact structural reforms has become a leitmotif among progressive circles within Catholicism, who are rightly anxious about what will happen after the end of this papacy.

However, if one adopts a wider perspective (and one from a standpoint external to........

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