Washington D.C., Oct 18, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA).- Austen Ivereigh, author of an upcoming book on Pope Francis, says it will help explain the Pope’s pastoral approach to North Americans and Europeans, who may not understand his Latin American roots.
Before his election, Pope Francis “had already been thinking very deeply about the Church, and the way that the Church interacts with the world for a very long time,” author Austen Ivereigh explained to CNA Oct. 16.
What is “dramatic” about his papacy thus far “is that he’s able to implement” the “program” that sprung forth from these thoughts.
Ivereigh is writing the book, which will be published by Henry Holt, likely in 2014. Ivereigh is a British journalist, and has served as a press secretary for the Archbishop of Westminster.
He is also founder and coordinator of Catholic Voices, a group which trains Catholic laypeople to present the Church’s teachings in media outlets.
Ivereigh explained that Pope Francis’ vision “needs to be understood, above all, in the context of the Church in Latin America.”
Because many in Europe and North America have a different understanding of the Church’s role in society than do Latin Americans, “people in Europe and America are struggling to understand him.”
“People are still asking ‘who is he? How does he think? What does he want?’ because in a way, what Francis is doing is not recognizable to the prosperous cultures of Europe and North Americans.”
“I hope to be the bridge between Latin America and the rich north” of Europe and North America, Ivereigh added on his hopes for his forthcoming book, which has yet to be titled.
For his investigation into the Pope’s background, vision, and pastoral style, Ivereigh, who conducted his doctoral thesis on the Catholic Church and politics in Argentina, will travel to Buenos Aires for a month for further research and to encounter “people who knew him, but people also, above all, who can really explain his vision and where it came from.”
“What we’re seeing in Francis is a new idea of what a Pope is,” Ivereigh said, explaining that Pope Francis’ “informal, warm, human directness,” “spontaneity,” and “his pastoral approach” are “very, very typical of the Church in Latin America.”
Ivereigh added that in North America and Europe, Catholics are “trying to understand what status the Pope’s comments have,” and what doctrines the Pope is speaking to.
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