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Pope Francis among the wolves: The inside story of a revolution

Pope Francis among the wolves: The inside story of a revolution
Following the crises around the papacy that took hold under Pope Benedict's reign, Pope Francis remains determined to shine lights in dark places and reshape the structure of Roman Catholicism. The way of life of its institutions and the Church's approach to the contemporary world are in urgent need of reform. The revolution Pope Francis leads is a continuation of the Vatican II council.
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ISBN/EAN: 9780231174145
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Publisher: Columbia University Press
Author: Marco Politi
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The successive crises of the government of Benedict XVI between 2005 and 2007 drove the Church into deadlock, with Pope Benedict being unable to exert leadership over a community of 1.2 billion followers, bringing the office of Pope into a radical crisis. Marco Politi takes us deep inside the power struggle roiling the Roman Curia and the Catholic Church worldwide, following the resignation of Pope Benedict's resignation in 2013, and the unexpected election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, now known as Pope Francis. Politi's account balances the perspectives of Pope Francis's supporters, Benedict's sympathizers, and disappointed members of the Catholic laity who feel alienated by the institution's secrecy, financial corruption, and refusal to modernize. Politi recounts the sexual scandals of the Church and accusations of money laundering and other financial misdeeds in the Vatican and Italian Catholic establishment. Pope Francis's efforts to shine a light on these crimes have met with stiff resistance. Politi writes of the decline in church attendance and vocations to the priesthood throughout the world as the church continues to prohibit divorced and remarried Catholics from receiving communion. In European parishes, Pope Francis finds women standing in for missing priests, and the laity longing for women to be admitted to the priesthood. His emphasis on pastoral compassion for all who struggle with the burden of family life has provoked the ire of traditionalists in the Roman Curia and elsewhere, but he knows from experience what life is like for the poor in Buenos Aires and other metropolises of the globalized world. He also highlights the contrast between the vital, vibrant faith of these parishioners and the disillusionment of European Catholics. Pope Francis and his supporters are locked in a battle with traditional hard liners and ecclesiastical corruption. In this conflict, the future of Catholicism is at stake, and it is far from certain Francis will succeed in saving the institution from decline.
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