- Publisher: Chiarelettere (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: 2.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,393,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sua Santità. Le carte segrete di Benedetto XVI (Italian) Paperback – 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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). When this became known, one bishop declined to accept his share of the profits, the others looked for a solution: Weltbild could not be sold, the financial loss would have been too great, the money was needed. So it was just given to a foundation, with the foundation giving the profits to the bishops. Whether Weltbild still sells pornography, the articles I read did not say.
I checked with Wikipedia only for "Emanuela Orlandi" and "Weltbild"; check the rest on your own if you are interested. You will save yourself about $30, and "know it all". Good luck !