This is a lengthy article but well worth the read. It will give you a clearer idea of what Francis’ vision of the Church is and the influences that have shaped that vision. In the article, the Pact of the Catacombs is mentioned. I have added a link at the bottom of THIS page that will take you to an article about the Pact. At the end of that article from Religion News Service, the author has provided a copy of it…..Reyanna
By Rafael Luciania and Fe’lix Palazzi, February 1, 2016, American Magazine on-line
The Latin American origins of Pope Francis’ theology
Surveys conducted shortly after Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States showed that while Americans overall were left with a more positive impression of the pope, his popularity among Catholics, while still quite high, slightly decreased. According the Pew Research Center, 81 percent of Catholics viewed the pope favorably in October, down from 86 percent in June, a dip driven largely by those who attend Mass regularly.
In July of this year, Gallup polls also recorded a hit to Pope Francis’ favorability, attributable to declining support among Catholics and political conservatives. The drop coincided with two events: the publication of the encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si’,” and the strong critiques of unfettered capitalism the pope delivered during his July trip to South America.
As a Latin American theologian, I would like to try to explain what I call “the theological-pastoral option” of Pope Francis, which is still little known outside the Spanish-speaking theological world. (To continue reading, click here.)