I arose today to a loud PING on my phone as a friend in Rome sent me a link to a piece in the American Spectator by the hardly-ever-subtle George Neumayr about the influence of Communism and Socialism on Pope Francis.
The Spectator provides an excerpt from Neumayr’s new book on the topic released today 2 May:
I’m not going to excerpt much from the excerpt. However, this is of interest:
These biographical details throw light on the pope’s ideological instincts. Yet many commentators have ignored them, breezily casting his leftism as a bit confused but basically harmless.
I haven’t read this one yet, but I put it on my Kindle Wishlist.
It is good to know about our leaders, both secular and spiritual. Each person is a puzzle. No single work, or even several works, can give a perfect picture. Pieces of their puzzle will inevitably be hard to sort out. This is especially true when the person is still alive.
I’ve read several books about His Holiness, all offering some insights into this enigmatic figure. I suspect that this new book will be – how to say this delicately – less than enthusiastic about Pope Francis. However, I suspect it will also fill in gaps left by biographers and others, as Neumayr suggests. For that reason alone, it could be helpful. It might provide some more puzzle pieces.
Also, one of the most useful things I’ve read of late about Pope Francis is a chapter on Liberation Theology in Tracey Rowland’s terrific new book, Catholic Theology – which I warmly recommend. Her explanation of Pope Francis’ theological starting points seem to me to be dead on target. Every seminarian and student of theology needs this book.