Francis: “Inside the Holy Trinity they’re all arguing behind closed doors but on the outside they give the picture of unity”More horrific blasphemy from Francis.
Dr. Emilce Cuda is special for a number of reasons. First, she is a theologian at Buenos Aires’s Pontifical Catholic University, the think-tank of the pontificate, and like its rector and vice-rector, a follower of the Argentine school of ‘pueblo’ theology made famous by Francis. For many years she studied under its best-known pioneer, Father Lucio Gera.
Then there is her expertise in politics, and notably the fashionable topic populism, and the fact that she straddles the north-south American divide: she has studied political science in Chicago’s Northwestern University, and is currently visiting professor at the Jesuits’ Boston College. Her first book was on Catholicism and democracy in the United States, and she is married to an American.
And then there’s the remarkable fact of being female and lay in a field dominated by clergy.
Cuda is the first lay woman to have a theology doctorate from the pontifical university, which takes at least 15 years. She is close to Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernández, the UCA’s rector, and describes herself as an “aligned and obedient Catholic” who follows Francis closely.
Her recently published book, Para Leer a Francisco (‘Reading Francis’), is a brilliant tour of the political-theological background of the pope’s thinking, combining Ernest Laclau’s insights into populism with the Argentine Jesuit Juan Carlos Scannone’s development of pueblo theology.
When she met Pope Francis on March 17 as one of a delegation of theologians from a network of ethicists and moral theologians, it was the first time she had been in his presence since his election. Rather than being struck by his disarming informality, she was overwhelmed by the power of the papal office.