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The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church Paperback – October 17, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Image; Reprint edition (October 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385513216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385513210
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for John L. Allen, Jr.’s, Conclave

“An invaluable primer . . . highly informative.” —Washington Post

“Definitely a winner.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“It’s surprising how much you learn from this book . . . [Allen] explain[s] the process in an engaging way, and offers history, context and his own list of front-runners.” —Arizona Republic

Praise for John L. Allen, Jr.’s, All the Pope’s Men

“[A] superb book” —Chicago Sun-Times

“The National Catholic Reporter’s Vatican correspondent John L. Allen, Jr., unpacks several popular myths as well as the psychology, sociology, and theology that inform the Holy See’s worldview. But All the Pope’s Men is not a polemic. It’s a patient look at Vatican ways of thinking and acting.” —San Antonio Express-News

“An exceedingly valuable book.” —Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, First Things

“By turns enlightening and highly amusing, the book deserves a wide readership.”
America

“ . . . this dispassionate book is the best written about the Vatican in a long time and belongs on the desk of every editor and religion writer in the English-speaking world.”
—Andrew Greeley, National Catholic Reporter

“An informative and readable look at Vatican structures, policies, and personalities . . . filled with useful data and engaging anecdotes.” —Crisis Magazine


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About the Author

JOHN L. ALLEN, JR., is the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and a Vatican analyst for CNN and National Public Radio. His weekly Internet column, “The Word from Rome,” is widely considered the best source of insights into Vatican affairs in the English language. He is the author of Conclave, All the Pope’s Men, and the forthcoming Opus Dei. He and his wife Shannon live in Rome.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Miller VINE VOICE on January 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
The subtitle is "The inside story of how the Pope was elected and where he will take the Catholic Church" and he pretty much delivers on this promise.

The opening chapter starts off with the context of the final months of the papacy of John Paul II. He looks as the health of John Paul II continues to decline and the reaction of those in the Vatican and others around him. Many with the ups and downs of the previous Pope's health over the years were not quite ready when his final days actually arrived. As John Paul II once quipped when a reporter had asked about his health he said that he didn't know since he had not yet read the papers. John L. Allen's writing as always is very good and he really pulls you back into these events. The emotions of this time came flooding back in me as I read his narrative.

The second chapter "The Funeral Effect" describe both Pope John Paul II's funeral and the overwhelming world reaction, but also how it attributed to the election of Pope Benedict XVI. He used this chapter and the following ones on the Interregnum and the Conclave to make the case for how Cardinal Ratzinger was elected. He makes the case using multiple factors of how this came about and I think the case he does make is pretty good. The Funeral Effect is a term used to describe how then-Cardinal Ratzinger's handling of the funeral in his homily really helped the Cardinal electors to see him handling himself in such a large crowd and important occasion. Most of the Cardinals probably never bought into the created media persona of Cardinal Ratzinger a tough as nails and cold personality that was portrayed so often. Most would have come to know him better on Ad Limina visits where often they would meet with him besides meeting the Pope.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RJ Buck on April 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is highly invaluable for anyone wanting to gain insight into either the mind and heart of the Holy Father, or the direction the Catholic Church is taking as we enter the twenty-first century.

This is because it is a book of *exceptional* journalism - expressing not only an unusual, wide-ranging standard in terms of the often exclusive sources the author Allen draws on, but also an all too rare breath of sanity and - dare I say it? - even wisdom exuded by the author.

Alas, so much reportage of Vatican affairs is hardly filled with wisdom, but rather bitter and biased polemic - so often from a secular, liberal tunnel-visioned media, which possesses nothing but the most superficial understanding of Catholicism. And tragically, it is not only on the left that the Holy Father receives such utter miscomprehension, but even sometimes on the Catholic Right ...

Where Allen strikes me as exceptional, is in his capacity to really *listen* to both sides of an argument - left and right - and then to do them justice in his reportage with charity and thoughtfulness. To my mind, it is a gift Allen has been developing admirably as he matures. Clearly his "home base" has been the Catholic left - he is a reporter for the National Catholic Reporter. And his first book - nearly a decade ago - on the then Cardinal Ratzinger, reflected the biases of liberal Catholicism.

But years later, it is clear Allen has grown and developed. The Rise of Benedict XVI shows an author willing to revise his views, revise them as he evidently listens to and genuinely ponders the many different voices in the Catholic world. And as one of the most well-placed Vatican reporters in the world, his access is remarkably wide indeed.
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