The Rule of Benedict - eBook
The Rule of Benedict - eBook  -     By: David Gibson
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David Gibson, a Vatican journalist, presents a behind-the-scenes look at the early years of Pope Benedict XVI and what his papacy means for the future. While well written, Gibson seems troubled that Benedict XVI is not more "progressive" and seems at times to lament the fact that the Church under the new pontiff will not be one of compromise. This viewpoint will be welcomed by those who think that the Church needs to adapt to modern Culture but will trouble those with a more traditional bent in their view of the Ancient Church.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: HarperCollins e-books
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780061753367
ISBN-13: 9780061753367

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There was no neutral response to the announcement that the "enforcer"—Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger—had been elected Benedict XVI, the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Conservatives saw it as the final triumph of their agenda. Liberals were aghast. Everyone else wondered what to expect. Award-winning religion journalist David Gibson explores the "war of ideas" that will be a defining feature of this new papacy.

Gibson persuasively argues that by tackling the modern world head-on Benedict XVI is gambling that he can make traditional, orthodox Catholicism the savior of contemporary society. But if the elderly Benedict fails in his battle with modernity, will Catholicism wind up as a "smaller-but-purer church"—the new kind of fortress Catholicism that some conservatives want? Such fears haunt millions of American Catholics pressing for change. Gibson points to the early warning signs of a papacy hyperfocused on "right belief" and shows how the key decisions of this surprising papacy will profoundly impact the future of Catholicism.

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David Gibson is an award-winning religion writer and a committed lay Catholic. He writes about Catholicism for various newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, Boston magazine, Fortune, Commonweal, and America. He was the religion writer for the The Star-Ledger of New Jersey. Gibson has worked in Rome for Vatican Radio and traveled frequently with Pope John Paul II. He has co-written several recent documentaries on Christianity for CNN.

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