[The Pope Francis Benedict and the Decision That Shook the World] EBOOK / PDF

  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • The Pope Francis Benedict and the Decision That Shook the World
  • Anthony McCarten
  • English
  • 06 September 2020
  • 9781250207906

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The Pope Francis Benedict and the Decision That Shook the World review ´ 104 In February 2013 the arch conservative Pope Benedict XVI made a startling announcement he would resign making him the first pope to willingly vacate his office in over 700 years Reeling from the news the College of Cardinals rushed to Rome to congregate in the Sistine Chapel to pick his successor Their unlikely choice Francis the first non European pope in 1200 years a one time tango club bouncer a passionate soccer fan a man with the common. Anthony McCarten rose to fame with his nonfiction book Darkest Hour which got Gary Oldman an Oscar after he transformed himself into a Victorian Englishman and with his screenplay The Theory of Everything which nearly offered the same accolade to Eddie Redmayne McCarten is clearly a kingmaker and in this book The Pope Francis Benedict and the decision that shook the world he tackles one of the world s grandest institutions the Catholic Church At heart this book is a comparative study between the two Popes Francis and Benedict two very different men with somewhat similar backgrounds This background includes a close proximity with dictatorshipauthoritarian regimesfascism and violence For Joseph Ratzinger it meant a childhood and youth spent in Nazi Germany forceful enlisting in the Wehrmacht and in the Hitler Youth as well as a permanent fear of communism For Jorge Bergoglio it meant a whole life spent in a politically unstable country where the government changed at the whims of military juntas with the occasional human rights infringement to bootIt is undeniable that Ratzinger was much protected first by his parents and then by being lucky enough to live on the right side of the wall After the war ended he was offered the peace and freedom of West Germany which allowed him the luxury of complacency and a life spent in the proverbial Ivory Tower a place he should never have left Bergoglio s case is very different which is why his mistakes have much dire conseuences He spent his adulthood dealing directly with violence poverty and the disfranchising of the poor One of his closest friends was tortured and killed during the Argentinian Dirty War McCarten makes it clear that Bergoglio was partly to blame for the torture and imprisonment of two Jesuit priests a fact that he s tried to deny and actively conceal until this day It is fascinating that despite the gravity of Bergoglio s errors the reader still finds him sympathetic than Ratzinger We get the feeling and clearly so did McCarten that Bergoglio is aware of his sins and tries to atone for them Ratzinger sounds as if he believes himself sinless as if he lives on a plane of existence higher than the rest of humanity His blunders are owed not to the force of circumstances or difficult decisions They are of his making they are the product of his inability to lead to empathize with others and especially which is the most serious offense for a priest an utterly lack of self awareness and examination of the self The Ratzinger that emerges from McCarten s account is a disoriented old man who doesn t understand the world and what is worse doesn t understand himself To his credit McCarten does try to be impartial but his subjects don t really help We sympathize with Francis simply because Francis is much sympathetic My issue with the book is not the unbalance between the two personalities they are what they are The problem is that the structure of the book is very faulty and nonlinear He begins by telling us about Bergoglio then jumps to Ratzinger and then go backs to Bergoglio for no apparent reason Further it doesn t really tell us anything new It s not really a work of investigation but rather an account of information that can easily be found on the internet or in other books Overall a good introduction to the theme but by no means a comprehensive one I am looking forward for the Major motion picture they re making out of this though

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The Pope Francis Benedict and the Decision That Shook the World review ´ 104 Y for The Two Popes Anthony McCarten masterfully weaves their stories into one gripping narrative From Benedict and Francis's formative experiences in war torn Germany and Argentina to the sexual abuse scandal that continues to rock the Church to its foundations to the intrigue and the occasional comedy of life in the Vatican The Pope glitters with the darker and the lighter details of one of the world's most opaue but significant institutio. 45Vatican in the news and me reading this book Such a cool coincidence

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The Pope Francis Benedict and the Decision That Shook the World review ´ 104 TouchWhy did Benedict walk away at the height of power knowing his successor might be someone whose views might undo his legacy How did Francis who used to ride the bus to work back in his native Buenos Aires adjust to life as leader to a billion followers If as the Church teaches the pope is infallible how can two living popes who disagree on almost everything both be rightHaving immersed himself in these men's lives to write the screenpla. I am not Catholic but I was swept up in the story of these two popes McCarten does a wonderful job telling intermingling their histories as well as the history of the church He respectfully satisfies the curiosity one has for the secret Vatican traditions and then catapults the reader into the meat of this event what came before to cause it and the impact it has had and is still having on the world This is a story I honestly didn t think I cared about but has become one of my most moving reads of the year