Connecticut Catholics have high expectations for Pope Francis
- Posted on March 15th, 2013 filed in Newspaper
Professor Paul F. Lakeland of Fairfield University, a Jesuit school, said Francis’ election “will surely be considered an upset” because of his age (76) and his membership in the Society of Jesus, which is known for its work in education and social justice. The Jesuits’ support of liberation theology was condemned by Pope John Paul II. “Perhaps the cardinals saw in him a person whom everyone respects and therefore found him to be an obvious compromise candidate as well as one whose election recognizes the enormous importance of the church of the south in general and that of Latin America in particular,” said Lakeland, director of Fairfield’s Center for Catholic Studies.
Published in New Haven Register, Housatonic Times on 3/13/123