From Library Journal
Timely, informative, and engaging, this volume offers a popular and understandable review of the details involved in a papal election. Written by Vatican correspondent Allen (Cardinal Radzinger: The Vatican's Enforcer of the Faith), the book is free of ecclesiastical jargon, save for some essential concepts, which are adequately addressed in the glossary. Allen begins with a 30-page job description for the next pope, then addresses several key issues that remain unresolved for John Paul II and will likely weigh heavily on the minds of the electing cardinals. The issues include collegiality, ecumenism, globalization, bioethics, and women's role in the Church. The dynamics of the conclave are discussed step by step, from the announcement of a papal illness through the first days of the new pope's reign. Political parties or camps among the cardinal electors are amply presented. Lastly, 20 leading front-running cardinals are named and profiled, while those in the "rest of the field" are each given a brief paragraph of introduction. Allen is scheduled to be an expert analyst for the Fox News network during the next conclave. Recommended for all libraries. John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin, Platteville
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Veteran Vatican correspondent Allen offers a quasi-insider's guide to the next papal election. A fascinating, highly charged political process with both corporeal and spiritual consequences, a conclave of the College of Cardinals is convened in Rome immediately after the death of a pope in order to fill the power vacuum as expeditiously as possible. After describing the responsibilities and the duties of a pope, the author outlines the hot-button issues sure to make a significant impact on the papal election process. Individual chapters devoted to detailing how the conclave itself works, the various political factions currently present in the College of Cardinals, and the probable candidates are also included. Considering the failing health of Pope John Paul II and the current crisis of confidence and leadership in the Roman Catholic Church, the next papal election is sure to be a hot topic among Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Margaret FlanaganCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved