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reviewed Pietà. April 13, 2011
Pietà
I saw this statue years ago when it toured the United States. Then last year I got to see it in Rome within St Peter's Basilica amongst the other great sculptures and was even more in awe of the artist's …
reviewed Sell the Vatican, Feed the World by S.... October 15, 2009
Sarah Silverman - Sell the Vatican Feed the World
"       I loved the sarcasm. I think it's meant to be in bad taste and it does the job. Pass it along to people that will get a kick out of it.       I …
reviewed God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and t.... January 01, 2006
God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of
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 …
reviewed God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and t.... December 21, 2005
God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of
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:  - …
reviewed Holy Father: Pope Benedict XVI: Ponti.... September 30, 2005
Holy Father: Pope Benedict XVI: Pontiff for a New
As one of the raft of quickie biographies of Pope Benedict XVI starting to float ashore, Greg Tobin's book is decidedly middling. It's more journalistic and well-informed on Vatican inside-baseball than …
reviewed Pope Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission. September 22, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI: His Life and Mission
I've read two books on Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI by the respected Catholic journalist John L. Allen, and so I readily admit Allen's work is my yardstick, for better or worse, for measuring other …
The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How
There's this thing called the "historian's fallacy," wherein anything that happens can be seen, retrospectively, as having been inevitable. And on one reading of John L. Allen's "The Rise of Benedict …
Holy Father: Pope Benedict XVI: Pontiff for a New
Overall, the thrust of the work is excellent. Religious scholars  may take exception to several errors in the chronology and fact  checking with regard to some of the earlier Papacies. …
The Unknown Pope: Benedict XV (1914-1922) and the
Joseph Ratzinger's selection of "Benedict" as his regnal name, and his statement that he chose it at least in part to honor his predecessor Benedict XV, has begun to shine a bit of light once again on …
Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes of Papal
In the last six weeks or so, I've read a whole raft of books about papal elections. Some were decent, if dated, summaries. A few were full of strong feelings and distinctive language. A couple were worth …
reviewed Pope Benedict XVI. May 11, 2005
Pope Benedict XVI
Having read and been impressed by the excellence of John L. Allen's two recent books about the Catholic Church, "Conclave" (2002) and "All the Pope's Men" (2004), I had no hesitation in hurrying out and …
Selecting the Pope: Uncovering the Mysteries of
A well-informed Vatican-watcher, much read in recent weeks, estimates that there are at least six English-language "quickie" books now being written about the election of Benedict XVI, from authors like …
reviewed In the Vatican. April 20, 2005
In the Vatican
The original, 1987 edition of "In the Vatican" by Peter Hebblethwaite is largely outdated now in many of its particulars (I haven't [yet] seen the 2000 edition, which may have had some posthumous updates, …
All the Pope's Men: The Inside Story of How the
This interesting book serves two useful purposes, both of which may come in handy for the newly-elected Pope Benedict XVI and his flock in the United States.    The first is as a handy …
Next Pope: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at How the
In these days and weeks when the papacy and the future of the Roman Catholic Church are atop the headlines and much in people's minds, people looking for resources to help bring them up to speed on it …
Next Pope, The - Revised & Updated: A
In these days and weeks when the papacy and the future of the Roman Catholic Church are atop the headlines and much in people's minds, people looking for resources to help bring them up to speed on it …
reviewed Vicar of Christ. April 04, 2005
Vicar of Christ
I read this book probably 15 or even 20 years ago. And while for a long time I had completely forgotten the title, the work itself was fairly memorable. Now that papal elections and church politics are …
Conclave: The Politics, Personalities, and Process
As a general overview, I heartily endorse the review posted below by Nathaniel Avignon. However, now that the event for which this book was prepared is upon us, I would add a few points.    Allen's …
reviewed The Conclave: A Sometimes Secret and .... April 01, 2005
The Conclave: A Sometimes Secret and Occasionally
Michael Walsh's summary history of papal elections moves remarkably quickly: 2,000 years in under 200 pages. Popes are chosen, only to die quickly -- sometimes in the very next sentence. So this is not …
reviewed The Conclave: A Sometimes Secret and .... December 01, 2003
The Conclave: A Sometimes Secret and Occasionally
This is a short book, which is unfortunate, given the period of time that it covers: all of the papal elections from the beginning of the Church until the present. Because of the timeline, and the books …
reviewed Conclave: The Politics, Personalities.... November 18, 2002
Conclave: The Politics, Personalities, and Process
I can't imagine it will be long before the next conclave is called into session, and this book is a handy guide to what we can expect. It also answers the interesting question of what the Pope does with …
reviewed Next Pope, The - Revised & Updated: A.... September 18, 2002
Next Pope, The - Revised & Updated: A
This volume, an update of an earlier work by the late Peter Bebblewaite, is little more than an obsolete exercise in wishful thinking by the Catholic radical left. For the book to be at all relevant, …
reviewed Conclave: The Politics, Personalities.... June 19, 2002
Conclave: The Politics, Personalities, and Process
. . .but marred in places by the author's political viewpoint."Conclave" is a well-written and informative book about exactly "how" the Catholic Church will go about selecting the new Pope upon the passing …
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