The presentation contains a detailed explanation of the Pope John Paul II legacy up through his death and the Conclave. Some of the details of Pope John Paul II's reign include: - a plethora of encyclicals and apostolic letters - 482 new saints - a 1986 visit to the Synagogue of Rome - the 2-22-96 Universi Dominici Gregio which shaped the Conclave
At first, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger feared the prospect of serving in the Administrative maize of the Papacy. The first tier of Papal candidates included Cardinals Ratzinger and Bergoglio. The second tier consisted of Cardinals Scola and Tettamanzi. At the conclusion of the vote, Cardinal Medina announced Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as the new Pope Benedict XVI. The remainder of the book presents the many challenges which the new Pope and the Church will face into the future. While in charge of the CDF, the new Pope promoted the theology of the Catholic Church, as well as the uncomplicated nature of its doctrine in theory and implementation.
The presentation will be read by a wide constituency of academe everywhere.
I've read a number of books about the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI, and they clearly have a common template: chronicle John Paul II's final illness; describe the state of the Church at the time of his death; review the history of conclaves and the changes introduced by John Paul; recount the events of the conclave itself; provide a capsule biography of Joseph Ratzinger; assess the future of the Church with particular emphasis on the challenges the new pontiff faces. George Weigel's book … more