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From the author of The Making of the Popes 1978 comes this critical analysis of the events and political forces in the Roman Catholic Church that led to the selection of Pope Benedict XVI and what this choice means for Catholics today. Father Greeley analyzes the crises, the confusion, the conflicts, and the alienation that have beset Catholicism since the Second Vatican Council. His diary of the 2005 conclave critiques traditional Catholic thinking while espousing the freedom and inclusiveness he hoped would be the results of Vatican II.
Father Andrew Greeley recounts the dramatic unfolding of the centuries-old conclave of cardinals in this firstshand account of the papal election of 2005. 16-page insert.