The University of San Francisco (USF) will host a book talk event featuring John Gehring, author, journalist, and Catholic program director at Faith in Public Life. Gehring is the author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope's Challenge to the American Catholic Church. The hour-long event is free and open to the public and will include John Gehring reading from his award-winning book on Pope Francis, participating in a question and answer session with attendees, and close with a book signing.
The Francis Effect explores how a church once known as a towering force for social justice became known for a narrow agenda most closely aligned with one political party, and then looks at the opportunities for change in the age of Francis. The first half of the book analyzes the key trends that shaped the Catholic Church over the past century, while the second half looks at the words and actions of Pope Francis, and what they mean for real change.