Three Concerns about Pope Francis

April 14, 2014

Feminist theologian Mary E. Hunt worries that the popularity of Pope Francis may be shifting the focus away from where it needs to be, namely on addressing the basic structural problems of the Roman Catholic Church.

“Rather, beneath all of these movements for change has been the working assumption that a new participatory, democratic administrative model must evolve. Key to that model is a deeply diminished authority role for the pope and a much stronger emphasis on the pope’s function as a symbol of the unity of the whole church. That is not something that anyone accomplishes by kind deeds, but by structural change.”

Read the entire article on Religion Dispatches.

Mary E. Hunt is a feminist theologian and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Mary will be a one of the featured presenters at the 2014 Christian Feminism Today Gathering in St. Louis, Missouri, June 26-29, 2014.

posted by Marg Herder

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