Convivium publisher quoted in The Globe and Mail

March 8, 2014
The Globe & Mail

From "Pope Francis is 'making me think about my life'" written by John Allemang and published last weekend in The Globe and Mail:

"If it's unsettling, it's not in a way that says, 'I'm going to take my rosary and go home,'" says Peter Stockland, publisher of Convivium, a conservative-leaning magazine that defends the role of religious faith in public life. Mr. Stockland doesn't consider Francis a subversive; he sees him as restating the authentic message of the faith that was somehow obscured under popes less gifted at catching the wider world's attention.

"I hear his name coming up in conversation with people who I never imagined would even know the name of the Pope, never mind his message. Others may disagree, but the notion that there's a discontinuity in the message is something of an illusion. The message is very consistent with Benedict and JPII. … What Francis has said may be more media-savvy and palatable; maybe people are more open to hear him because of his expression and demeanour. But the message is not radically different at all."

Read the whole article online.