Vatican City, Oct 2, 2017 / 16:00 pm
The September 19 re-establishment of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Science on the Family and Marriage is a good object lesson in the modus operandi of Pope Francis. It offers observers some helpful lessons about the Roman Pontiff's leadership style.
The John Paul II Pontifical Institute, founded by the late Polish Pope, whom Pope Francis calls the "Pope of the Family", has developed as well-respected institution in theological circles. It is known to foster and promote theological discussions on family and marriage issues at twelve campuses around the world.
The institute's work was mentioned in the 2014 Synod on the Family's instrumentum laboris – its working document. It is worth noting, however, that no professors of the institute were invited to serve as theological experts to the 2014 Synod.
Fr. José Granados, however, who is one of the institute's most prominent faculty members, was included among the participants of the 2015 Synod.