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Franciscan Studies Endowment lecture explores Catholicism and Democracy in Times of Political and Ecclesial Division

September 10, 2020 Tags: Arts and Humanities , Faith

Editor's Note: This event is past, but you may find the recorded lecture on the Franciscan Studies Endowment page.


Saint Francis University is hosting its latest lecture in the T.O.R. Franciscan Endowment series, "An Im-perfect Storm: Catholicism and Democracy in Times of Political and Ecclesial Division."

The public is invited to this free virtual webinar on Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m. to explore the intersection of faith and culture, including such topics as: religious freedom, identity politics and the church with porous boundaries. 

Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova University will serve as the keynote presenter.

Dr. Faggioli is a Church historian and Franciscan scholar who has taught at the University of St. Thomas and now Villanova University for more than ten years. He received his Ph.D. in Religious History from the University of Turin in 2002. He is considered an expert on the history and administrative inner workings of the Catholic Church and of the papacy. He writes regularly for newspapers and journals about the Church, religion in general, and the interplay with politics.  A prolific writer, he authored Catholicism and Citizenship:  Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty‑First Century in 2017, and Dr. Massimo Faggioli's most recent book, The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis, was published by Orbis Books in March 2020. After this talk, he might help us all answer the question, who would Pope Francis vote for?

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To Register:

Please register in advance for this webinar to receive a link to the zoom webinar space.

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The event is sponsored by The Franciscan Endowment in Franciscan Studies and Roman Catholic Theology, and the School of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) at Saint Francis University.


The T.O.R. Endowment in Franciscan Studies and Roman Catholic Theology at Saint Francis University was established in 2016 to reach out to those who share affinity with the distinct mission of the University's patron saints, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare, as well as Dorothy Day. To learn more, visit

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