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The Revealing New York Times Bestseller Examines The Reign Of Pope Benedict, The Papal Conclave Process, And The History Of One Of The World S Oldest And Most Mysterious Institutions For Than Twenty Five Years John Thavis Held One Of The Most Fascinating Journalistic Jobs In The World Reporting On The Inner Workings Of The Vatican His Daily Exposure To The Power, Politics, And Personalities In The Seat Of Roman Catholicism Gave Him A Unique, Behind The Scenes Perspective On An Institution That Is Far Less Monolithic And Unified Than It First Appears Thavis Reveals Vatican City As A Place Where Curia Cardinals Fight Private Wars, Scandals Threaten To Undermine Papal Authority, And Reverence For The Past Is Continually Upended By The Practical Considerations Of Modern Life Thavis Takes Readers From A Bell Tower High Above St Peter S To The Depths Of The Basilica And The Saint S Burial Place, From The Politicking Surrounding The Election Of A New Pope And The Ever Growing Sexual Abuse Scandals Around The World To Controversies About The Vatican S Stand On Contraception, And Perceptive, Sharply Written, And Witty, The Vatican Diaries Will Appeal Not Only To Catholics Lapsed As Well As Devout But To Any Readers Interested In International Diplomacy And The Role Of Religion In An Increasingly Secularized World Look into some of the known and less known episodes of the Vatican in the last 20 30 years, quite interesting This is absolutely amazing It is the ideal audio book in that it is all facts and not clever literary devices that require interpretation from either the narrator or better, the reader I can t say I had a lot of respect for Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, what with his very circumspect remarks at the Holocaust Memorial in Israel and his membership of Hitler youth, but this book, so far, has changed that I now am rather in awe of his moral strength and intellectual PR skills that put the Church rather than his ego to the fore.The book started off with his election but now comes the back story which is greatly involved with the pederasty rampant in the Church In particular, the Legion of Christ and its corrupt and abusive founder Marcial Maciel Degollado Marcial had been praised and promoted by Ratzinger s predecessor, Pope John Paul II, but Ratzinger, was having none of it Perhaps for the first time in Papal history, the new Pope was critical, even if in a veiled way, of his predecessor s policies Interesting.I m only on chapter 4 and it is getting even better. If you are interested in the papacy, religion in general, or history, this book is an excellent addition to your shelf In particular it excels in providing detail from deep within the Curia and other Vatican and Roman Catholic institutions It opens with a tantalizing story of the nearly forgotten bells of St Peter s that were supposed to ring on the election of a new pope in 2005, and from there moves to chapters providing detailed scenes of such things as a meeting between Benedict and the renegade Lefebvrist movement.I m currently reading Absolute Monarchs, a one volume history of the papacy, and added this book to the list the moment I heard about it I m switching from one book to the other and monitoring all the news out of Rome as Benedict abdicates and a new Pope is elected, and the timing for someone fascinated with history and especially that of the papacy could not be better.The book moves along I brought it home last night and I m about 40% done already but it s not skimpy in any way.The author, John Thavis, has also just opened a blog dealing with the 2013 Conclave at Find this and other reviews at two days ago people the world over waited for white smoke to appear above St Peter s Square and it isn t hard to understand why The Holy See is arguably the most influential organization in the entirety of human history, the power it wields is sacred to faithful, but equally impressive to those outside the Catholic church In The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis lifts the veil of secrecy and sheds light on the politics that characterize life in Vatican City Offering readers insight into the world he knew while working for the Catholic News Service The thing I liked most about this book is that unlike some other titles I ve sampled over the years, Thavis humanizes the Vatican He talks about her quirks and idiosyncrasies, points to her character by examining her structure and inhabitants Even in print the city seemsreal as seen through the eyes of one who holds such obvious passion for her past, present and future Thavis writing isn t tinged with superiority either, its steady rhythm and light humor make The Vatican Diaries both easy to understand and delightfully entertaining A great book for those looking for aintimate look at the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The Revealing New York Times Bestseller Examines The Reign Of Pope Benedict, The Papal Conclave Process, And The History Of One Of The World S Oldest And Most Mysterious Institutions For Than Twenty Five Years John Thavis Held One Of The Most Fascinating Journalistic Jobs In The World Reporting On The Inner Workings Of The Vatican His Daily Exposure To The Power, Politics, And Personalities In The Seat Of Roman Catholicism Gave Him A Unique, Behind The Scenes Perspective On An Institution That Is Far Less Monolithic And Unified Than It First Appears Thavis Reveals Vatican City As A Place Where Curia Cardinals Fight Private Wars, Scandals Threaten To Undermine Papal Authority, And Reverence For The Past Is Continually Upended By The Practical Considerations Of Modern Life Thavis Takes Readers From A Bell Tower High Above St Peter S To The Depths Of The Basilica And The Saint S Burial Place, From The Politicking Surrounding The Election Of A New Pope And The Ever Growing Sexual Abuse Scandals Around The World To Controversies About The Vatican S Stand On Contraception, And Perceptive, Sharply Written, And Witty, The Vatican Diaries Will Appeal Not Only To Catholics Lapsed As Well As Devout But To Any Readers Interested In International Diplomacy And The Role Of Religion In An Increasingly Secularized World Look into some of the known and less known episodes of the Vatican in the last 20 30 years, quite interesting This is absolutely amazing It is the ideal audio book in that it is all facts and not clever literary devices that require interpretation from either the narrator or better, the reader I can t say I had a lot of respect for Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, what with his very circumspect remarks at the Holocaust Memorial in Israel and his membership of Hitler youth, but this book, so far, has changed that I now am rather in awe of his moral strength and intellectual PR skills that put the Church rather than his ego to the fore.The book started off with his election but now comes the back story which is greatly involved with the pederasty rampant in the Church In particular, the Legion of Christ and its corrupt and abusive founder Marcial Maciel Degollado Marcial had been praised and promoted by Ratzinger s predecessor, Pope John Paul II, but Ratzinger, was having none of it Perhaps for the first time in Papal history, the new Pope was critical, even if in a veiled way, of his predecessor s policies Interesting.I m only on chapter 4 and it is getting even better. If you are interested in the papacy, religion in general, or history, this book is an excellent addition to your shelf In particular it excels in providing detail from deep within the Curia and other Vatican and Roman Catholic institutions It opens with a tantalizing story of the nearly forgotten bells of St Peter s that were supposed to ring on the election of a new pope in 2005, and from there moves to chapters providing detailed scenes of such things as a meeting between Benedict and the renegade Lefebvrist movement.I m currently reading Absolute Monarchs, a one volume history of the papacy, and added this book to the list the moment I heard about it I m switching from one book to the other and monitoring all the news out of Rome as Benedict abdicates and a new Pope is elected, and the timing for someone fascinated with history and especially that of the papacy could not be better.The book moves along I brought it home last night and I m about 40% done already but it s not skimpy in any way.The author, John Thavis, has also just opened a blog dealing with the 2013 Conclave at Find this and other reviews at two days ago people the world over waited for white smoke to appear above St Peter s Square and it isn t hard to understand why The Holy See is arguably the most influential organization in the entirety of human history, the power it wields is sacred to faithful, but equally impressive to those outside the Catholic church In The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis lifts the veil of secrecy and sheds light on the politics that characterize life in Vatican City Offering readers insight into the world he knew while working for the Catholic News Service The thing I liked most about this book is that unlike some other titles I ve sampled over the years, Thavis humanizes the Vatican He talks about her quirks and idiosyncrasies, points to her character by examining her structure and inhabitants Even in print the city seemsreal as seen through the eyes of one who holds such obvious passion for her past, present and future Thavis writing isn t tinged with superiority either, its steady rhythm and light humor make The Vatican Diaries both easy to understand and delightfully entertaining A great book for those looking for aintimate look at the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • The Vatican Diaries
  • John Thavis
  • English
  • 12 May 2018
  • 9780670026715

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