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Sua Santità. Le carte segrete di Benedetto XVI (Italian) Perfect Paperback – January 1, 2012

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  • Publisher: Chiarelettere (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: Italian
  • ISBN-10: 886190095X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8861900950
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By F. Fairfield on October 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The book is based on documents leaked over a period of time, i.e. it covers many aspects of what is going on in the Vatican. The impression you get is that of petty personal struggles swept under a rug of religion and "love of the Church", the public image of the Church being more important than "the message of Christ" (which is supposed to be the reason for the Church's existence). The Vatican, it seems, is mostly concerned with how to get money, and more money, and how to influence Italian politics. The French version mentions at least one interview given in April 2012, which means that it may be more up-to-date than the original Italian version.

Instead of buying the book, howevever, you may want to check Wikipedia and the newspaper articles it references. Look under: Boffo (accused of homosexuality via anonymous letters... from a Cardinal, he claims), Tarcisio Bertone (i.e. Cardinal Bertone), Emanuela Orlandi, Communion and Liberation, Marcial Maciel (a pedophile friend of John-Paul II), Miroslaw Karczewski (a priest found with his throat cut after receiving the visit of three men, for whom he had had rooms prepared; they drank together; traces of sperm were found on the scene of the crime), Isidore Battikha (a Syrian archbishop forced by the Vatican to resign, leave Syria, and move to Venezuela; he claims not to know the reason for his urgent transfer).

For commic relief, check under WELTBILD, a book distributor second only to Amazon in Germany: it was owned collectively by the German dioceses, and it sold a lot of... guess what: PORNOGRAPHY (Wikipedia gives you the titles).
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56 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Buyer anoymous on July 19, 2012
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This books reveals the inner workings of the Vatican how power and the struggle for it destroy the lives of those who do not share this goal...very similar to "U.N. a cosa nostra"' which describes the inner workings of the United NATIONS an equally revered institution from the outside. It is extremely preoccupying to read how the Vatican goes about handling sexual abuse cases which are soul destroying the very souls the institution aims to save. Again another proof that manyhuman beings united under the pretense to do good, in addition of a sexual restriction attached end up doing much harm as the French say "hell is paved with good intentions"... The book also shows how the institution tries to infkuence democracies and has created the money links to achieve the influence it craves. Cut the money and the power will dwindle....
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I recommend that everybody with an interest in the Vatican and the Catholic Church reads real facts such as those reported in this book instead of fiction. Do not forget, however, the following two warnings: that you should be cautious in judging such a large organization from these pieces of evidence, because any large enough human enterprise will have flaws, and because a small minority can pervert the methods and the goals of a well-meaning majority; and that this version of the book is in Italian - if you read in English, you should make sure you get a translated copy.
If I were to name a flaw, I would mention that the author's forewords and commentaries to each piece of documentation are a little bit long-winded. He could be more concise. That is a general flaw of the "romance"/"Mediterranean" writing tradition, as opposed to the clarity and efficiency of the Anglo-saxon style.

Raccomando a chiunque sia interessato al Vaticano e alla Chiesa Cattolica di leggere un libro di fatti come quelli presentati in questo libro, anziché un'opera di fantasia. Non ci si dimentichi peró dei seguenti due "caveat": che bisogna essere prudenti nel giudicare una grande organizzazione umana da questi fatti, perché qualsiasi organizzazione grande abbastanza avrá dei difetti, e perché una minoranza puó sovvertire i metodi e le intenzioni di una maggioranza con buoni propositi; e che questa edizione del libro é in Italiano.
Dovessi nominare un difetto, sarebbe la verbositá dell'autore nelle premesse che precedono ogni documento e nel commento che lo segue. Un difetto del modo "romanzo"/"Mediterraneo" di scrivere, da contrapporre alla chiarezza e all'efficienza dello stile anglosassone.
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14 of 45 people found the following review helpful By reader on December 23, 2012
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I am sure this is a excellent book, however I would like to read it in English and not Italian.
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