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The Pontiff in winter : [triumph and conflict in the reign of John Paul II]

Author: John Cornwell; John Lee
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, ℗2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : English : Library edView all editions and formats
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"Over more than a quarter of a century, John Paul II has firmly set his stamp on the billion-member strong Catholic Church for future generations and he has become one of the most influential political figures in the world. His key role in the downfall of communism in Europe, as well as his apologies for the Catholic Church's treatment of Jews and to victims of the Inquisition, racism, and religious wars, won him  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Biography
Named Person: John Paul, Pope; John Paul, Pope
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: John Cornwell; John Lee
ISBN: 1415916543 9781415916544
OCLC Number: 57073271
Notes: Subtitle from container.
Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Performer(s): Read by John Lee.
Description: 10 audio discs (72 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Close encounters --
Stagestruck --
Eternal city --
Professor and pastor --
Bishop and cardinal --
Combating communism --
Signs of contradiction --
"Be not afraid!" --
Universal pastor --
Assassination and fatima --
Back on the road --
Poland and the fall of communism --
John Paul, saints, and scientists --
John Paul's conflict with democrary --
Pluralism and the pope --
Women --
Sexology and life --
Milennium fever --
Ufficioso and Ufficiale --
Patient pope --
To the holy land --
Third secret of fatima --
Jubilee theatricals --
Contrition and the Jews --
Are you saved? --
Who runs the church? --
9/11 --
Sexual abuse scandal --
John Paul and AIDS --
Founding fathers --
John Paul and the IRaq war --
John Paul's decline --
Mel Gibson's the passion --
George W. Bush and John Paul --
John Paul's grand design.
Responsibility: John Cornwell.

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"Over more than a quarter of a century, John Paul II has firmly set his stamp on the billion-member strong Catholic Church for future generations and he has become one of the most influential political figures in the world. His key role in the downfall of communism in Europe, as well as his apologies for the Catholic Church's treatment of Jews and to victims of the Inquisition, racism, and religious wars, won him worldwide admiration. Yet his papacy has also been marked by what many perceive as misogyny, homophobia, and ecclesiastical tyranny. Some critics suggest that his perpetuation of the Church's traditional hierarchical paternalism contributed to pedophiliac behavior in the priesthood and encouraged superiors to sweep the crimes under the carpet. The Pontiff in Winter brings John Paul's complex, contradictory character into sharp focus. In a bold, highly original work, John Cornwell argues that John Paul's mystical view of history and conviction that his mission has been divinely established are central to understanding his pontificate. Focusing on the period from the eve of the millennium to the present, Cornwell shows how John Paul's increasing sense of providential rightness profoundly influenced his reactions to turbulence in the secular world and within the Church, including the 9/11 attacks, the pedophilia scandals in the United States, the clash between Islam and Christianity, the ongoing debates over the Church's policies regarding women, homosexuals, abortion, AIDS, and other social issues, and much more. A close, trusted observer of the Vatican, Cornwell combines eyewitness reporting with information from the best sources in and outside the pope's inner circle. Always respectful of John Paul's prodigious spirit and unrelenting battles for human rights and religious freedom, Cornwell raises serious questions about a system that grants lifetime power to an individual vulnerable to the vicissitudes of aging and illness. The result is a moving, elegiac portrait of John Paul in the winter of his life and a thoughtful, incisive assessment of his legacy to the Church"--Summary from book flap.

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