Pope Benedict made history by being the first Pope in over 700 years to resign from office. The Catholic Church the world over was stunned. Worn out by corruption in the Church and by an endless series of clerical sex scandals, he decided that the resolution of all these problems was outside his power for a man of his age.
Last Testament is nearest to an autobiography from the shy and private man who has remained “hidden to the world” in a former convent in the Vatican gardens. He breaks his silence on issues such as:
- The “Vatileaks” case in which his butler leaked some of his personal letters that alleged corruption and scandal in the Vatican
- The presence of a “gay lobby” within the Vatican and how he dismantled it
- His alleged Nazi upbringing
- His attempts at cleaning up the “dirt in the church” (clerical sexual abuse)
- The mysterious private secretary “Gorgeous George”
On a more personal level he writes with great warmth of his successor Pope Francis, who he admits has a popular touch, a star quality which he has lacked. Much controversy still surrounds Pope Benedict`s Papacy--in this book he addresses these controversies and reveals how at his late age, governing and reforming the Papacy and particularly the Vatican, was beyond him.
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Pope Benedict XVI served as pope of the Catholic Church from 2005 to 2013. He was elected pope on April 19, 2005, was inaugurated on April 24, 2005 and resigned from the office on February 28, 2013.Review:
"The most sincere interview which Benedict XVI has given . . . It is gripping from the very beginning . . . An exquisite conversation between two people who know each other, like each other, and have mutual respect for one another . . . A fantastic book which should not be overlooked by any open-minded Catholic who wishes to learn from our great tradition but also wants to progress with the Church." - The Catholic Times
"Throughout there are moments of breathtaking candor . . . it's stunning to realize you're reading the inner thoughts--and confessions--of a former pope now speaking without the weight of that papal mantle . . . The portrait here is one that deepens and defends the place of Benedict in history." - Chicago Tribune
"There are beautiful moments in the book." - The Huffington Post
"The most revealing book yet on Benedict XVI . . . Seewald has gathered in perhaps the finest harvest yet. For more than a decade I have read everything I can about Benedict XVI, but I was amazed by the revelations in this new book." - Catholic Herald
"Joseph Ratzinger has certainly been a great theologian . . . Last Testament [is] revealing about who this underrated man really is . . . He bears comparison with the greatest doctors of the Church." - Prospect
"Prophetic and important analysis. The Testament is a fascinating read for this and so much more, and there is a consistent note of joyful and solid faith which is an inspiration." - Joanna Bogle, The Catholic World Report
"I can’t begin to describe the influence that the writings of Joseph Ratzinger have had on me . . . but suffice it to say that this beautiful and compelling book may well be the final gem in the crown of his work that we’ve all been waiting for." - Paul Senz, The Catholic World Report
"[Last Testament] deepens our sense of the personality, gentleness, humor, and subtlety of the pope emeritus." - First Things
"The book is striking on a number of levels . . . The first 100 pages alone make the book worth purchasing, generously sprinkled as it is with these tiny flakes of biographical intimacy, which can surprise as much as they move . . . One other pleasant aspect of reading this book, especially when one approaches the second half, has been the little displays of wit and sometimes attitude." - Patheos
"Offers readers a journey through the theological life of the retired pope." - Superior Catholic Herald
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Descripción Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom, 2016. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Pope Benedict XVI, the only modern-day Pope to retire whilst in office, now finally breaks his silence. Since retiring from the papacy in 2013, the first Pope in over 700 years to do so, Pope Benedict has lived quietly in a convent in the Vatican gardens in Rome. He has devoted himself to a life of prayer and study and has vowed to remain silent, until now. So much controversy still surrounds Pope Benedict s time in office. In this book, written with bestselling German author Peter Seewald, he addresses the issues of his papacy and reveals how, at his late age, governing and reforming the Church was beyond him. Last Testament is also an autobiography, recalling Pope Benedict s childhood in Germany under Nazism, his early development as a priest, and eventually his appointment as Archbishop of Munich. After becoming Pope, his account deals with the controversies that rocked the Catholic world: how he enraged Muslims with his Regensburg speech, what he did and did not do to stamp out the clerical sexual abuse of children, the Vatileaks scandal and how he broke up a gay cabal within the Vatican itself.At all times, we see a man who is shy and retiring and modest being exceptionally open and frank with the outside world. In this Last Testament, a unique book insofar as no other living Pope has had the opportunity to write an account having left office, Benedict gives in his own words an unprecedented view of the difficulties, the achievements and the consequences of his time as head of the Catholic Church worldwide. Nº de ref. de la librería AA79781472944672
Descripción Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom, 2016. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Pope Benedict made history by being the first Pope in over a thousand years to resign from office. The Catholic Church the world over was stunned. Faced with the internecine warfare in the Vatican, by accusations of corruption in the Church and by a seemingly endless series of clerical sex scandals he decided that the resolution of all these problems was outside his power for a man of his age. In this most touching and revealing book, the author speaks with disarming honesty and humility of his inner life, his life of prayer and his firm belief in God. But he also addresses all the causes celebres which impacted his pontificate, including the Vatileaks scandal, readmitting a holocaust denier to full communion with the Church, his arguably misunderstood Regensburg speech which upset Muslims, his childhood in Nazi Germany. On a more personal level he writes with great warmth of his successor Pope Francis and writes beautifully of his love of Mozart. This book comes as a final and fitting sequel to his previous works on Jesus of Nazareth. Nº de ref. de la librería AA79781472944672
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