The Crisis of Globalization

“Francis’s pontificate coincides with the increasing visibility of the crisis of economic and political globalization, a crisis that has been called the age of anger, with the resurgence of reactionary, nationalist, isolationist, and chauvinist movements. It is an anger from which global Catholicism cannot claim to be exempt and, on the contrary, is fully part of intra-Catholic tensions today. Catholic anger can be seen in militant members of the church who rail against modernity and the world of today as well as in those self-appointed “orthodox” Catholics who fume at other Catholics. But it is also seen in liberal-progressive Catholics who vent their anger over their unfulfilled hopes for the reform that they expected from the Second Vatican Council, which some saw as their church’s equivalent of the Enlightenment.”

Massimo Faggioli, The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving toward Global Catholicity (New York: Orbis Books, 2020), p.98.