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Boston College Expert: Pope Francis in US

Thomas Groome


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Thomas Groome is director of Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Center and a longtime professor of religious education. His areas of expertise include religious education, the Catholic Church, the papacy, pastoral ministry and spiritual practices. He is the author of numerous books including Catholic Spiritual Practices; Will There Be Faith?What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life, and Educating for Life, A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent, among others. Groome is also the primary author of various religious education curricula which are widely used in Catholic schools and parishes.





“I think Pope Francis hit it out of the ballpark. He basically crafts his comments around four great Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton, the latter two of course being two great American Catholics. Basically, he reminds us of the best of our American narrative of the great American story. He reminds of what is best and most life giving about it and then calls us up to the dream that it presents. In a sense, he tells us the story to lay out the vision, the vision of what we could be and should be as a people. It many ways he builds it all but the whole core theme is around the Golden Rule, treat others as you would have them treat you. It’s a great speech.”



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