The Second Catholic President

What kind of Catholic is Joe Biden? And what prospects does his presidency hold for the bitterly divided U.S. Church?

On this episode, Commonweal associate editor Matt Sitman speaks with contributing writer Massimo Faggioli about his new book, Joe Biden and Catholicism in the United States.

This political moment, Faggioli argues, is different from any other. With public institutions in decline and democracy’s survival no longer assured, Biden’s challenge—like that of Pope Francis—is to unite a center than may no longer exist.

 

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“The American presidency, unlike its European counterparts, is a moral and in some sense even a religious office.”—Massimo Faggioli

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