In What Pope Francis Really Said, Benedictine College professor and nationally recognized journalist Tom Hoopes explores the ways Pope Francis is bringing the Catholic Church to bear on a dramatically changing world, not by altering its teachings but by applying enduring truths to new realities in fresh ways. With his spontaneous, likeable, and pastoral demeanor, Pope Francis is drawing both faithful and estranged Catholics as well as skeptics to take a closer look at the claims of Christ and the Catholic Church.
In this book readers will be introduced to the central themes of Pope Francis's teachings and spirituality, which provide important context for his remarks. As readers explore his devotion to the Blessed Mother, the cross, and the Gospels, they'll come to see how the pope's Christ-centered vision informs all of his actions, and how his approach shows that the Gospel teaching is loving and effective.
Pope Francis's faith is confident, not defensive. He took the bulletproof bubble off the popemobile, and has called us to let our guard down, too. He doesn't want us to walk timidly through the world shivering at its darkness; he wants us to stride confidently into it, holding our lanterns high. He doesn't want to define sinners by their faults and exclude them; he wants to define them by grace and welcome them in to renew themselves.
"This is pure Gospel," he says. "God is greater than sin."
About the Author
Tom Hoopes is Writer in Residence and Vice President of College Relations at Benedictine College, where he teaches in the Journalism and Mass Communication Department.He writes weekly for the National Catholic Register and Aleteia, reaching a national and international audience. His work has also appeared in Catholic Digest, Columbia magazine, Crisis magazine and First Things online.
"It seems everyone has an opinion of Pope Francis -- and then there are the facts. Tom Hoopes tracks down the facts, puts the pope's words in context, and offers a fair and objective assessment that, like the pope himself, is full of surprises." -- Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, author, 33 Days to Morning Glory; 33 Days to Merciful Love
"Pope Francis, like his namesake saint, is both loved and feared, despised and revered. Most of all, he is misunderstood and misinterpreted by conservatives and liberals alike. Tom Hoopes helps us see the Argentinian pope as he really is, and as we get to know him better we...see how Christ is working through one of his most powerful voices on earth." --Fr. Dwight Longenecker, author, Catholicism: Pure and Simple and The Romance of Religion
"If you have ever been confused by press reports of what Pope Francis said about a particular issue, then you need to read What Pope Francis Really Said. Tom Hoopes identifies some of the most controversial statements attributed to Pope Francis and concisely provides the context needed to understand the true meaning of the Holy Father's remarks.
"Part of the charm of Pope Francis is his openness to the media and his unguarded manner of expression. However, this style has sometimes left some committed Catholics scratching their heads. Tom Hoopes clears up much of the confusion caused by those seeking to twist the Holy Father's words for their own agenda. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand the teaching of Pope Francis." --The Most Rev. Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas
"Covering the inspired and at times confusing pronouncements of Pope Francis is not for the faint of heart. Tom Hoopes has boldly leapt into the fray placing the pope's comments in context and attempting to discern the spiritual vision at play. This balanced, handy glimpse into the mind of Pope Francis is so needed." --Raymond Arroyo, author and host of EWTN's The World Over
"Pope Francis likes to talk and teach, and he especially seems to like departing from the script when he feels led to, and when he does, a free-for-all ensues. Boisterous voices from all sides cherry-pick a phrase here, a word there to give you their spin, until we all end up dizzy. Because this is true, What Pope Francis Really Said: Words of Comfort and Challenge is a timely gift. Working toward no agenda other than clarity, Hoopes takes a look at Pope Francis's biggest passions and most-quoted statements, and provides necessary context and light." --Elizabeth Scalia, author, Little Sins Mean a Lot
"Hoopes has gone behind the headlines and the spin to uncover the wisdom and spiritual power of the real Pope Francis. This is the best one-volume explainer of the pope's sometimes disconcerting and surprising words, placing them in the contexts they so often lack in media reports. If you've ever wondered what Pope Francis really said, here is your go-to, one-stop source." --Austen Ivereigh, author, The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope