The Pope Evokes the Authors that Formed His Way of Thinking in New Biography

Source: FSSPX News

“Jorge Mario Bergoglio: An Intellectual Biography. Dialectics and Mysticism” is the title of Massimo Borghesi’s book released on November 9, 2017, in Italian bookstores.

In it, the writer presents the authors who most influenced the thought of Francis. 

This work is not the fruit of personal speculation. It was “the pope himself”, explains Massimo Borghesi in an article published by L’Osservatore Romano, who “provided the essential clarifications on his thought and intellectual formation”. This was done by means of four recordings made between January and March 2017, in which he answered the philosopher’s questions.

“The future pope’s way of thinking,” says Massimo Borghesi, “corresponds to a precise school of thought between the 19th and 20th century: that of Möhler, Guardini, Przywara, Lubac, Fessard.”

While Möhler is connected with the Tübingen school of theology, a Protestant institution with a very progressive, radical critical approach to the Bible, the other authors mentioned by the pope partook in the “New Theology” movement against which Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP, spoke out as early as 1946, the year Lubac published his book “The Mystery of the Supernatural”.

The famous Dominican professor at the Angelicum in Rome saw in the doctrinal deviations of these authors a return to Modernism. In 1950, Pope Pius XII, in his encyclical Humani Generis, warned against these innovators who, in various ways, should be considered as the precursors of the novelties promoted at the Second Vatican Council (ecumenism, the liturgical reform, the new conception of the Church, of the papacy, and its relationship with the world).

Another thinker dear to Pope Francis is Methol Ferré (1929-2009). This Uruguayan, strongly influenced by Peronism, advocated the vision of a theology based on popular religiosity, while criticizing liberation theology. His theology of the people, which is not to be confused with Marxist interpretations, strongly influenced the thinking of Pope Francis.