Saint Francis University hosted 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" on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
In the talk
Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, at Villanova University, explored the intersection of faith and culture, including such topics as: religious freedom, identity politics and the church with porous boundaries.
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.
The event was 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