Skip to main content

TMPS 7163 Pope Francis: A Challenging Papacy (Summer: 1 )


Course Description

Jorge Mario Bergoglio initiated a papacy that not only began to meet the demanding challenges of the times, but also invited – yes, challenged us - to participate anew in the Church’s mission. Through an exploration of his pastoral style, informal and formal statements, and pastoral visits, the course will unpack an understanding of Church as a field hospital, a Church of mercy, and a Church of and for the poor. It will touch upon structural revisions Francis has instituted and the challenges that remain as his papal ministry continues to unfold.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Barbara Radtke

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This one-credit course meets July 18-July 21 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Last Updated: 14-Mar-16