Book Reviews by Dr Pravin Thevathasan (17/9/13)
Dushan Croos SJ
Unlike Pope Benedict, we know relatively little about Pope Francis prior to 2013. One result has been the number of futile speculations: a recent biography,for instance, claims that Pope Francis has repented of his conservative past and is leading the Church in a liberal direction.
This work by Croos in contrast shows us that terms such as conservative and liberal to describe Pope Francis are frankly useless. He is deeply conservative in his devotional life. He has a great love for Our Lady and is unafraid to talk about the devil. He is progressive in his views on dialogue with other religions. He may have his own style in doing things but he is closer to Pope Benedict than the media would lead us to believe.
The work also describes his complex relationships with fellow Jesuits during the Dirty War in Argentina.
James B Stenson