Discovering Pope Francis:

The Roots of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s Thinking


Congratulations to Dr. Brian Lee and Fr. Tom Knoebel on winning a 2020 Catholic Media Award presented by the Catholic Press Association. Their book, Discovering Pope Francis (Liturgical Press) was awarded Third Place in the B38: Pope Francis category. Please click here.


Discovering Pope Francis was recently recognized by the Duke Divinity School. One of the contributors, Peter J. Casarella, Ph.D., is a newly appointed professor of theology at Duke. You can read their announcement here.


Dr. Brian Lee and Fr. Tom Knoebel have been notified that their book, Discovering Pope Francis has been awarded third place in the Theology category in the 2020 ACP Excellence in Publishing Award! See the Association of Catholic Publishers website for more details.


Click here to read a book review of Discovering Pope Francis! Discovering Pope Francis was reviewed by Ernesto Valiente, a professor at Boston College. See page 28 of the PDF (or page 768 according to the document paging).

Congratulations Fr. Tom Knoebel and Dr. Brian Lee on an amazing achievement!

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Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, editor-in-chief of La Civilta Cattolicá

“Reading this book, one understands how Ignatius of Loyola’s words are true for Pope Francis: ‘it is not much knowledge that fills and satisfies the soul but feeling and tasting inward.’ Discovering Pope Francis testifies that, as for Dostoevsky, Bergoglio’s logic is not rigidly algebraic: it is flexible, elastic, alive. It never loses sight of the human. Many of these pages show how his way of thinking liberates the energy needed for the evangelical logos that balances a deep connection and strong engagement to the theological and ecclesial traditions of the Church, as well as a deep commitment to reality and all its challenges and complexity.”


Most Reverend José

H. Gomez Archbishop of Los Angeles

“Pope Francis has said that ours is not an age of change, but a change of age. In this important collection, we see how the Holy Father is drawing creatively from a range of thinkers and movements-European and Latin American-to bring the people of this age to a new encounter with Jesus Christ and the mercy of God. May these fine essays inspire deeper reflection on the Church’s evangelical imperative and the urgency of our calling to be missionary disciples in these times.”


Emilce Cuda, Argentinian theologian and author of Para leer a Francisco. Teologia, etica y politica and Catolicismo y Democracia en Estados Unidos

“This work is certainly an excellent interpretation of the ‘Theology of the People,’ from different people, and for all the people. It is an effective demonstration of a true sign of the times: the catholicity of the theological pastoral message of Pope Francis. The point of view of each one of the authors is the incarnation of his missionary imprint and a sign of an outgoing Church.”


Massimo Faggioli, coeditor, Pope Francis: A Voice for Mercy, Justice, Love, and Care for the Earth

“Discovering Pope Francis offers a much-needed panorama of voices necessary to understand the theological roots of a pontificate-roots that are not only in Latin America but also found in 20th-century French (Gaston Fessard and Henri de Lubac) and German-speaking theology (Hans Urs von Balthasar and Romano Guardini). This book provides an appreciation of this pontificate coming from authors who cannot be labeled as ‘liberal Catholics.’ It is a remarkable contribution because it fills a lacuna in the literature on Pope Francis who is still too often framed, especially in the USA, in purely political and ideological terms.”