Read e-book online Absolute Power: How the Pope Became the Most Influential Man PDF

By Paul Collins

ISBN-10: 1610398602

ISBN-13: 9781610398602

This interesting and sensational tale of the final centuries of the papacy is an important demand the reevaluation and reimagination of papal energy through one in every of modern-day preeminent theologians

In 1799, the papacy was once at all-time low: The Papal States were swept away and Rome seized by way of the progressive French armies. The cardinals have been scattered throughout Europe, and Catholics feared they'd be not able to choose the subsequent pope. whether Catholicism survived, it appeared the papacy used to be entire. And but, simply over 2 hundred years later, the pope nonetheless stands "at the very middle of the relevant conversations of our time" (Time). His impact reaches around the world--from Cuban politics to gender equality to the refugee crisis--and the power of his "soft strength" is incomparable.

In this gripping narrative of spiritual and political heritage, Paul Collins tells the unbelievable good fortune tale of the final 220 years of the papacy, from the unexalted dying of Pope Pius VI in 1799 to the fame of Pope Francis this present day. As a historian, journalist, and theologian, Collins additionally poses urgent, serious inquiries to the Catholic Church: Does modern day church governance stray from the lessons of the gospel? Is the papacy's inner strength so nice that it would be thought of heretical? if this is the case, what could be performed to make sure a credible--and Christ-like--path ahead?
Absolute energy is required studying for a person attracted to the heritage of state-of-the-art complicated energy structures--as good as someone invested in spiritual, political, and social growth within the West.

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