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BookTALK: Guest Speaker Series

This guide contains resources that complement the Guest Speaker Series sponsored by the Center for Writing and Learning Support and Barbour Library

Library & Online Resources

Massimo FaggioliDr. Massimo Faggioli is Professor of Historical Theology in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. Faggioli’s areas of expertise include the papacy, Vatican II, the Roman Curia, liturgical reform, new Catholic movements, and Catholicism and global politics. He is a contributing writer for Commonweal and a columnist for La Croix International. At Villanova, Faggioli teaches courses on modern Church history, Catholicism and world politics, and ecclesiology at the undergraduate and graduate level. Faggioli’s books and essays have been published in more than 10 languages. His previous book, The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis, was published last year. In 2018, he received the Catholic Press Association award for his book Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century.

Joe Biden and Catholicism in the United States offers the first in-depth exploration of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s Catholicism in the context of American politics. A leading authority on the history and administrative inner workings of the Catholic Church, Faggioli presents historical and theological context for the Biden presidency and a look at the man’s devout faith. The book provides a history of Catholicism in American political life, from the virulent anti-Catholicism that faced the first Catholic to run for president, Al Smith, in 1928, through the campaigns of John F. Kennedy in 1960, John Kerry in 2004, and Biden in 2020. Faggioli discusses the current tense state of relations between the U.S. and the Vatican; explains the Catholic crisis of globalization; and illustrates Biden’s position between the past and future of American Catholicism.

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Most of the following books are not currently in the Barbour Library collection. The links below will take you to either Bookshop.org (which supports local bookstores) or Amazon.com, where you can purchase the book.

Faggioli, Massimo. Joe Biden and Catholicism in the United States, 2012. New London, CT: Bayard, Inc.

Faggioli, Massimo. The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving Toward Global Catholicity, 2020. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

O'Brien Steinfels, Margaret, ed. American Catholics, American Culture: Tradition and Resistance, 2004. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Books in Barbour Library

Print books below may be checked out by PTS students, faculty, and staff, as well as local area patrons who have library accounts (requires an annual fee). Ebooks are indicated by asterisks, and are available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff only.

More Barbour Library Resources by Subject

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Catholic Church - United States - History
Christianity and Politics - Catholic Church
Vatican Council (2nd: 1962-1965)

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The articles below are not available in either the print or electronic Barbour Library journal collection. Please check your local library for interlibrary loan services in order to obtain copies.

Faggioli, Massimo. 2018. "The Church of the Future: Historical and Sociological Perspectives." Concilium Issue 4: 23-34.

_____. 2021. “Vatican I, the New Papacy, and the Crisis of Catholic Globalization.” Newman Studies Journal 17(2): 5–21.

McGreevy, John T. 2012. "Catholicism and American Freedom." Historically Speaking 6(1): 25-26.

Articles in Barbour Library

Articles that are available online have links, and are only available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff. Articles without links are in the print journal collection.

Faggioli, Massimo. "Modernization of the Papacy and Catholicism in the Postmodern: Legacy and Challenges to Vatican I." Horizons 47, no. 1 (June 2020): 115–19. 

McGreevy, John. "Catholics, Democrats, and the GOP in Contemporary America." American Quarterly 59, no. 3 (2007): 669-81. 


"Catholicism, Joe Biden, and U.S. Politics"
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University, February 3, 2021


"A Special Event with Massimo Faggioli, Ph.D."
University of Scranton, February 12, 2021