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The Pope speaks: Dialogues of Paul VI with Jean Guitton; Hardcover – 1968


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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297763288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297763284
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,154,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on September 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In "The Pope Speaks" author Jean Guitton relates the substance of conversations which he had with Pope Paul VI over a period of years. Jean Guitton was a prominent French Catholic philosopher and theologian who served as a lay observer at Vatican Council II and became a close friend of Pope Paul VI.

The Part One of the book covers the Pope's biography and early meetings between Pope and author. In these chapters the author emphasizes Pope Paul's outlook on a variety of issues and the events in his life which shaped those outlooks. Part Two deals with dialogues on a variety of topics, including French literature, St. Augustine, Dante and the Divine Comedy, Shakespeare, Cardinal Newman and St. Paul. Part Three turns toward more specifically religious topics, including interfaith dialogue, beauty as depicted in the Papal Chapel, the mystery of the Council, the vocation of a priest and the recurring problems of love, violence and peace.

The reader will feel that he is an outside observer of a conversation between two friends, who also happen to be philosophers and theologians. At times the content becomes quite philosophical. Whereas in many books the content is geared to the understanding of the reader, in "The Pope Speaks" it is geared to the understanding of Paul and Guitton. In my opinion, this makes it less interesting to the lay reader than it could have been.
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