BookLog: Letters to Pope Francis, by Matthew Fox
Fox’s new book, Letters to Pope Francis, is a book full of realism but also a book full of hope. In a series of essays addressed as letters to the new Pope, the Rev. Fox outlines in detail the many problems facing the Roman Catholic Church today (and by extension the Christian church as a whole). Fox is writing as a priest who still dearly loves the church that excommunicated him. He wants to see the church confront the hierarchical thinking that led to so many of the church’s problems and emerge as a healing force for good in the world.
As I read through the book I couldn’t help but feel cynical at times. I doubted whether Fox’s proposals about the church going in a new direction would ever be taken seriously, or if he was destined to be just another “voice crying in the wilderness.” But then I read in the news that Pope Francis has expressed a surprising openness to Liberation Theology, which his predecessor was strongly against. Pope Francis has also shown a solidarity with and consideration for the poor that we never saw under Pope Benedict XVI.
The hopes that Matthew Fox has expressed in Letters to Pope Francis are not just pipe dreams; they are actual possibilities. My prayer is that Fox’s dream – and the dream of many others – of “rebuilding a church with justice and compassion” will truly become a reality.
Click here to read an interview with Matthew Fox about Letters to Pope Francis.