Benedict XVI Paperback
Commander Of The Faith
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For decades before his election, Pope Benedict XVI was known across the world as an unwavering upholder of Catholic orthodoxy. His backers hailed him as a courteous, deeply intelligent figure whose concern to rein in relativism and other forms of dissent appeared timely. But his critics charged him with high-handedness, and even likened the Vatican department he ran to the KGB. Yet both sides agreed that he was the single most important enforcer of John Paul II-s policies, and that intellectually, he towers over most of his recent predecessors.
Benedict XVI by Rupert Shortt is one of the first biographies of the new pope and asks what kind of a man is Benedict XVI behind the slogans? What were the influences that shaped him, and how might the Catholic Church evolve under his leadership? Written for the general reader, this book aims to answer these and other questions, including the puzzle over the then Joseph Ratzinger's disavowal of his youthful liberalism from the late 1960s onwards.
Adopting the approach he took in his study of Archbishop Rowan Williams, Rupert Shortt summarises the Pope's thought in the course of a biographical narrative. Shortt hopes that his assessment will help dispel the stereotypes and misunderstandings that often mark discussion of church affairs.
Benedict XVI by Rupert Shortt was published by Hodder & Stoughton in September 2006. The ISBN for Benedict XVI is 9780340909058.
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Details for Benedict XVI
|Author / Artist||Rupert Shortt|
|Book Format||paperback (B format)|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (September 2006)|
|Number of Pages||176|
|Page last updated||2nd September 2017|