Pope Francis met with French reporter and sociologist Dominique Wolton for an unprecedented series of twelve fascinating and timely conversations—open dialogues revolving around the political, cultural, and religious issues dominating communication and conflict around the world—now published in A Future of Faith: The Path of Change in Politics and Society.
Inspiring and insightful, Pope Francis’s views on immigration, poverty, diversity, globalization, and more are borne from his Christian faith and basic humanity. Meeting the challenges of the twenty-first century requires compassion for those in need, a willingness to work towards common goals without domineering other cultures, and the ability to negotiate with trust, respect, and dignity. And for the first time, Pope Francis shares insights into his own personality, and the formation of his faith, including his experience with psychotherapy, and some of the most important women in his upbringing.
Controversial, bold, personal, and illuminating— A Future of Faith will serve to be essential reading for not only Catholics, but those who want to see how the “people’s pope” confronts the social injustices of the world with the foresight to create positive change.
French journalist Wolton bases this uneven work on 12 interviews he conducted with Pope Francis between 2016 and 2017. The book collects these dialogues in eight thematic sections alongside extracts from Pope Francis's formal addresses, given between October 2014 and April 2017, with mixed results. Though the dialogues are presented thematically, the conversations skip around quickly and vaguely invoke complex ideas such as globalization, modernity, or humanism, without either speaker pausing to define his terms. For example, Wolton states that Pope Francis is "perhaps in real terms the first Pope of globalisation, between Latin America and Europe." Despite the book's freewheeling nature, the two come back time and again to discussions of intra-Catholic and international politics, cultural identity, interreligious dialogue, abortion, gender, and sexuality. Wolton approaches his discussions with Pope Francis as an admirer, and the lack of challenging or probing lines of questioning will disappoint anyone looking for a nuanced discussion of the pope's theological and political positions and practices. As Wolton himself suggests, this volume will likely find its most receptive audience among those who already appreciate the pope's perspective.