How the Theological Priorities of Pope Francis Inform His Policy Goals

  • Paul Christopher Manuel
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy book series (PSRPP)


As discussed in the introduction of this volume, social scientists trying to make sense of the complicated and confusing papacy of Francis face an array of conceptual difficulties. This chapter seeks to contribute to a more robust understanding of Pope Francis by an examination of how his priorities inform his policy goals, with a focus on Evangelii Gaudium. The chapter further argues that the theology of the people helps to explain his theological reasoning, apostolic exhortations, and encyclicals, as well as his policy priorities. Finally, it also suggests that the field of moral theology offers social scientists a novel vocabulary to dialog about how Pope Francis sees, understands, and prioritizes his papacy.

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  • Paul Christopher Manuel
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  1. 1.American UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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