Download e-book for iPad: Absolute Power: How the Pope Became the Most Influential Man by Paul Collins

By Paul Collins

ISBN-10: 1610398602

ISBN-13: 9781610398602

This attention-grabbing and sensational tale of the final centuries of the papacy is an important demand the reevaluation and reimagination of papal strength by means of one in every of present day preeminent theologians

In 1799, the papacy used to be at all-time low: The Papal States were swept away and Rome seized through the innovative French armies. The cardinals have been scattered throughout Europe, and Catholics feared they'd be not able to choose the following pope. no matter if Catholicism survived, it appeared the papacy used to be comprehensive. And but, simply over 2 hundred years later, the pope nonetheless stands "at the very heart of the significant conversations of our time" (Time). His impression reaches around the world--from Cuban politics to gender equality to the refugee crisis--and the energy of his "soft strength" is incomparable.

In this gripping narrative of non secular and political heritage, Paul Collins tells the inconceivable good fortune tale of the final 220 years of the papacy, from the unexalted dying of Pope Pius VI in 1799 to the fame of Pope Francis this present day. As a historian, journalist, and theologian, Collins additionally poses urgent, serious inquiries to the Catholic Church: Does trendy church governance stray from the lessons of the gospel? Is the papacy's inner strength so nice that it'd be thought of heretical? if this is the case, what could be performed to make sure a credible--and Christ-like--path ahead?
Absolute strength is required analyzing for somebody drawn to the heritage of modern day advanced energy structures--as good as an individual invested in non secular, political, and social development within the West.

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