Is the Pope Catholic? A Question of Identity in Pope Francis’s Practical Theology of Interreligious Dialogue
In many ways Pope Francis stands in straightforward continuity with the tradition of post-Vatican II thinking about the relationship between religions. His emphasis on the importance of entering into dialogue with a clear and confident identity is a central feature of his commitment to what I describe as a “rooted openness” before the religious other. This chapter argues that the Pope’s practical theological commitment to hearing the voice of ordinary believers, particularly the poor, challenges the notion of solid identities and opens up new avenues for theological thinking about inter-religious dialogue, emerging from the complex hybrid religious identities that ordinary theology uncovers.