Pope Benedict XVI
A Biography of Joseph Ratzinger
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 352
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
The elevation of Joseph Ratzinger to the Papacy raised more questions than it answered about what the future holds for the world's one billion Roman Catholics. One year on, it is still uncertain. Seasoned Vatican watcher, John L. Allen, Jr. is ideally placed to probe these questions, tracing Ratzinger's story from his Bavarian roots, his support for Vatican II, and the unique relationship he shared with John Paul II as number two in the Catholic Church. Whilst a Cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger never failed to polarize opinions, attracting adoration and opprobrium in equal measure. He has continued to do so as Pope. This book is essential reading for Catholics and non-Catholics seeking to understand the mind of a man who will wield worldwide influence.
"'A fair and unfailingly interesting account of one of the most controversial figures in religion today.' The Irish Times 'Elegantly written and throughout its eight chapters engages one's interest. It never indulges in facile stereotypes. While being critical, Allen fully respects Ratzinger's stature as a theologian and intellectual. With verve, he traces the formation of one of the most controversial prelates in recent times.' The Furrow 'We needed a book which was well researched, informative and analytic, adequately critical, yet thoroughly and determinedly fair. John Allen has given us just such a book.' The Tablet"