Fratelli Tutti: A Global Commentary

By William Cavanaugh, Carlos Mendoza-Álvarez, Ikenna U. Okafor and Daniel Franklin and Pilario

The first truly global commentary on a papal encyclical.

ISBN: 9780227180174


The first truly global commentary on a papal encyclical, Fratelli Tutti is a reflection on Pope Francis’ ‘Fratelli Tutti’ and its publication in 2020 in the midst of interrelated global crises. Including responses from a diversity of locations and perspectives, the scholars seek to model Francis’s call to fraternity and sorority and embody a creative openness to the reciprocal gifts of others.

Pope Francis’ encyclical provided both a sobering assessment of the crises and a hopeful vision of solidarity and healing. Francis’ vision is taken forward by the scholars in this volume, answering the invitation to continue talking, thinking, and acting in a climate of confidence and audacity and to promote social friendship among the people of the world.

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About the Author

William T. Cavanaugh is director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology and Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. His areas of specialisation are political theology, economic ethics, and ecclesiology.

Carlos Mendoza-Álvarez, OP, is a tenured Professor in the Department of Theology at Boston College and a member of the board of directors of Concilium: International Journal of Theology. He has published twenty-five collective works, over fifty journal articles, and eight books.

Ikenna U. Okafor is a Nigerian-born adjunct Professor of Intercultural Theology at the University of Vienna and a pastor in the Archdiocese of Vienna. His research interests include fraternity, intercultural and interreligious relations, and African theology.

Daniel Franklin Pilario, CM, is an Associate Professor at St. Vincent School of Theology and Director of research at Adamson University in Manila. His publications focus on theological method, inculturation, political theology, Catholic social teaching, human rights, and ecology.


Foreword by Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ
Introduction by William T. Cavanaugh, Carlos Mendoza-Álvarez, OP, Ikenna Ugochukwu Okafor, and Daniel Franklin E. Pilario, CM

Part One: Dark Clouds Over a Closed World
1: The Real Divides in Africa by Nora K. Nonterah
2: Where Are We Going? A Reality Check by Manuel Victor J. Sapitula, CM
3: An Unhealthy Society by Francisco de Aquino-Júnior
4: In Praise of Complaint by Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt

Part Two: A Stranger on the Road
The Good Samaritan as a Model of Fraternal Solidarity by Stan Chu Ilo
6: The Use of Luke 10:25–37 in Fratelli Tutti by Ma. Marilou S. Ibita
7: Building Hope from a Fallen Humanity: A Latin American Theological Perspective by Cesar Kuzma
8: A Biblical Model of Love by Jaime L. Waters

Part Three: Envisaging and Engendering an Open World
9: The Existential Imperative of Openness to the Other in Africa by John Bosco Kamoga, CSSp
10: Radicalizing Love: A Gendered Critique of Malaysia’s Management of Migrants and Refugees in the Time of COVID-19 by Sharon A. Bong
11: Dreaming a New Humanity: Human-Cosmic Synodality from the Perspective of the Foreigner and the Hidden Exile by Roberto Tomichá-Charupá, OFMConv, and Ernestina López-Bac
12: A Call for Openness by Kurt Appel

Part Four: A Heart Open to the Whole World
13: Four Marks of an Ecclesiology of Migration bu Idara Otu, MSP
14: The Challenges of Migration in Asia by Kochurani Abraham
15: On the Way to Pluriversal by Cleusa Caldeira
16: Living with the Grace of Neighbors: The Promise of Universal Fraternity for Europe by Stephan van Erp

Part Five: A Better Kind of Politics
Reinventing Political Arrangements: A New Starting Point by Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula, SJ
18: Political Love: Beyond the Good Samaritan Charity by Albert E. Alejo, SJ
19: Peoples on the Move: Francis’s Political Utopia by Raúl Zibechi
20: Fratelli Tutti: A New Political Imagination? by Anna Rowlands

Part Six: Dialogue and Friendship in Society
21: Dialogue and Encounter for Global Poverty Eradication: Global Justice Perspectives by Charles B. Chilufya, SJ
22: The Path of Dialogue, Solitude, and Hope: Voices from Asia by Albertus Bagus Laksana, SJ
23: “Searching, We Find Ourselves”: Indignation and Radical Empathy in a Suffering Mexico by Carolina Robledo Silvestre
24: Why Not “Amiability and a Culture of Encounter” as the Title of Chapter 6? by Neomi De Anda

Part Seven: Paths of Renewed Encounter
25: Truth, Mercy, Justice, and Peace Meet by Mumbi Kigutha, CPPS
26: Conflict, Violence, and Reconciliation by Daniel Franklin E. Pilario, CM
27: Paths of Re-Encounter: Forgiveness, Liberation, and Nonviolence in Times of Transitional Justice by Soledad del Villar Tagle
28: “There Is No Life on This Side of the Fire”: Conflict and Penitential Memory on the Path of Encounter by Kelly S. Johnson

Part Eight: Religions at the Service of Fraternity in Our World
29: An Affirmation of God’s Universal Paternity and a Repudiation of Religious Persecutions by Ikenna Ugochukwu Okafor
30: Pope Francis and Interreligious Dialogue: Reading Chapter 8 of Fratelli Tutti by Felix Wilfred
31: To the Whole Inhabited Earth by Carmenmargarita Sánchez de León
32: Religions Serving Fraternity: Roots, Trunk, Fruits by Daniel Izuzquiza, SJ


Endorsements and Reviews

This is the first commentary on Pope Francis’s encyclical on fraternity and social friendship, but it is hard to imagine it ever being surpassed. Such is the breadth and depth of this extraordinary work that stands as a genuinely worthy companion to an encyclical that powerfully calls us to recognize ourselves as children of the same God. James F. Keenan, SJ, professor of theology, Boston College

This book is a powerful commentary on the encyclical Fratelli Tutti, where Pope Francis convokes Christians to fraternity, departing from a particular local level in order to build a global ethics. Through the various perspectives rises and shines the central proposal of the document: to convert from current logic of competition and interest to the logic of fraternity and love. Maria Clara Bingemer, professor of theology, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro