A wonderful point made in the blog, Questions from a Ewe.
I recently read, “Pope Francis: Untying the Knots,” a book by Paul Vallely. The book indicates Pope Francis is not a fan of people from Europe and North America having over-riding influence on the Catholic Church. He thinks most Europeans and North Americans don’t have a clue about life in Africa and Latin America. Therefore they aren’t credible guides.
Furthermore, he sees the church thriving to the point of busting at the seams in these same developing areas while it atrophies amongst the European and North American/European-descent crowds. Therefore he further questions the European folks as credible guides. It’s sort of a “walk a mile in another person’s shoes” kind of commentary in that Francis thinks the European and North American folks lack street creds to tell Africans and Latin Americans what to do.
He also disagrees with having a shrinking minority group within the church guide the growing majority. Basically Francis describes why he’s tired of Western / European hegemony within the church and why it’s an invalid governance model.
Amen, Brother Francis! I am standing up applauding you, but I am also shouting, “Welcome to the world of women in the church, my friend!” We are as thrilled with male hegemony in the church as you are with European hegemony..
I think Francis understands how hegemony blinds people because he’s felt the stinging ill effects of it. I can only hope that he is self-aware enough to see the parallel. He is frustrated by a bunch of people with a different worldview trying to boss him around – i.e., “hegemony.” Francis, do you understand that male hegemony isn’t any more fun or effective than European hegemony?
Unfortunately, a persistent issue when addressing hegemony is the hegemonic group’s lack of self-awareness to acknowledge that they, in fact, are part of a hegemonic group. This historically has been the case with Catholic hierarchy with regards to male hegemony, but I’m hoping Francis’ primary experience being outside of one hegemonic group opens his eyes to realize he operates within another hegemonic group.
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