All the Pope's Men: The Inside Story of How the Vatican by John L. Allen Jr.

By John L. Allen Jr.

A desirable and enlightening examine the world’s oldest and such a lot mysterious establishment, written through an American journalist with exceptional wisdom in regards to the Vatican's previous and present.

The sexual abuse scandals that shook American and British Catholicism in 2002 delivered to gentle a long-standing cultural hole among the English-speaking Catholic international and the Vatican. In Rome, the quandary was once usually visible as an assault at the Church fastened by means of money-hungry legal professionals, a antagonistic press, and liberal activists who used it to be able to flip recognition on such matters as celibacy, women’s ordination, and lay empowerment. while the Vatican struck down the U.S. bishops’ draft for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse, many observed it as an try to cut back an autonomous American Catholic church. but, as time handed, it turned transparent that the Vatican’s well-founded matters approximately due approach have been shared through such a lot liberal U.S. bishops and canon attorneys.

ALL THE POPE’S males is a lucid, in-depth advisor to the occasionally confusing, usually incomprehensible internal workings of the Vatican. It unearths how judgements are made, how papal bureaucrats imagine, and the way careers within the Roman Curia are formed. It debunks the myths that experience fed the mistrust and suspicions many English-speaking Catholics harbor concerning the manner the Vatican conducts its enterprise, explains who relatively wields the ability, and gives enjoyable profiles of the personalities, ancient and present-day, who've wielded that energy for reliable and for undesirable. A considerate research of the hot sexual abuse drawback sheds gentle on how the Vatican perceives the Church within the usa.

Balanced, energetic, and choked with Vatican heritage and lore, all of the POPE’S males offers the overall reader with an authoritative photograph of the hugely charged dating among the Vatican and the richest, so much influential nationwide Catholic church on the earth this present day.

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