From the joy of the gospel to the joy of Christ

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McCosker, Philip 2016. From the joy of the gospel to the joy of Christ. Ecclesiology. 12 (1), pp. 34 - 53.
AuthorsMcCosker, Philip

Many have perceived and reacted to the fresh presentation of the Christian gospel in the pontificate of Francis. It is tempting to read this as a switch in emphasis from content to form, or from ideas to action, and play Benedict XVI off against Francis I: the introverted scholarly theologian followed by the charismatic preacher. Ultimately undermining such a dichotomising approach, this article describes, analyses, situates, and draws out Francis’ christology. Exploring resonances between Francis’ thought and some ressourcement thinkers (Romano Guardini, Josef Jungmann, Yves Congar), it uncovers the christology underlying Evangelii Gaudium. Attention to the role of christology in Francis’ thought, as well as the inspiration he continues to draw from ressourcement thinkers, especially Guardini, uncovers surprisingly significant links between Bergoglio and Ratzinger.

KeywordsFrancis I; christology; ressourcement; Romano Guardini; Josef Jungmann; Benedict XVI; opposition; differentiated unity
Journal citation12 (1), pp. 34 - 53
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84969921378
Page range34 - 53
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
Place of publicationNetherlands
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