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And in this book The Pope Francis Benedict and the decision that shook the world he tackles one of the world s grandest institutions the Catholic Church At heart this book is a comparative study between the two Popes Francis and Benedict two very different men with somewhat similar backgrounds This background includes a close proximity with dictatorshipauthoritarian regimesfascism and violence For Joseph Ratzinger it meant a Childhood And Youth Spent In and youth spent in Germany forceful enlisting in the Wehrmacht and in the Hitler Youth as well as a permanent fear of communism For Jorge Bergoglio it meant a whole life spent in a politically unstable country where the government changed at the "Whims Of Military Juntas With "of military juntas with occasional human rights infringement to bootIt is undeniable that Ratzinger was much protected first by his parents and then by being lucky enough to live on the right side of the wall After the war ended he was offered the peace and freedom of West Germany which allowed him the luxury of complacency and a life spent in the proverbial
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Tower a place he never have left Bergoglio s case is very different which is why his mistakes have much dire conseuences He spent his adulthood dealing directly with violence poverty and the disfranchising of the poor One of his closest friends was tortured and illed during the Argentinian Dirty War McCarten makes it clear that Bergoglio was partly to blame for the torture and imprisonment of two Jesuit priests a fact that he s tried to deny and actively conceal until this day It is fascinating that despite the gravity of Bergoglio s errors the reader still finds him sympathetic than Ratzinger We get the feeling and clearly so did McCarten that Bergoglio is aware of his sins and tries to atone for them Ratzinger sounds as if he believes himself sinless as if he lives on a plane of existence higher than the rest of humanity His blunders are owed not to the force of circumstances or difficult decisions They are of his making they are the product of his inability to lead to empathize with others and especially which is the most serious offense for a priest an utterly lack of self awareness and examination of the self The Ratzinger that emerges from McCarten s account is a disoriented old man who doesn t understand the world and what is worse doesn t understand himself To his credit McCarten does try to be impartial but his subjects don t really help We sympathize with Francis simply because Francis is much sympathetic My issue with the book is not the unbalance between the two personalities they are what they are The problem is that the structure of the book is very faulty and nonlinear He begins by telling us about Bergoglio then jumps to Ratzinger an. Congregate in the Sistine Chapel to pick his successor Their unlikely choice Francis the first non European pope in 1200 years a one time tango club bouncer a passionate soccer fan a man with the common touchWhy did Benedict walk away at the height of power nowing his successor might be someone whose views might undo his legacy How did Francis who used to ride the bus to work back in his native Buenos Aires adjust to life as leader to a billion followers If as the Church teaches the pope is infallible how can two living popes who disagree on almost ev. .

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The Pope Francis Benedict and the Decision That Shook the WorldInteresting book highlighting the lifes of the two popes Francis and Benedict where for the first time since 15th century there was 2 living popes Author Anthony McCarten and Benedict where for the first time since 15th century there was 2 living popes Author Anthony McCarten listed as a novelist and while this book looks like a historical account I have found a number of inconsistencies that make me affirm that it is in fact a historical novel albeit current history There are numerous footnotes which also give the appearance of being a critical narrative However many of McCarten s sources are encyclopedia entries or interviews in the popular press Many of these inds of sources many of McCarten s sources are encyclopedia entries or interviews in the popular press Many of these inds of sources actually deeply antagonistic to Bergoglio andor Ratzinger and there is little in the way of sources to counter that antagonism Having said this I recommend the book It is a good novel well written and understood as literature it raises many important and legitimate uestions that I as a member of the Church feel we need to continually ask ourselves Thanks Anthony McCarten Well done The Two Popes written by Anthony McCartenNine out of 10Pope Francis has just been in the news and not for some challenge to the conservative establishment and doctrine of one of the oldest institutions in the world representing a community which is larger than one billion although they talk in this very good movie about the loss of men and women who abandon the Catholic church in the Western world albeit seem to adhere in the emerging countries where they discuss about ways to adapt to difficult circumstances such as allowing priests to marry in remote parts of the A couple of days ago around New Year s Eve a woman had grabbed the pontiff and he was uite upset about it apparently slapping her hand twice only to apologize to her later in a public sermon showing again the indness gentle nature that we are used Not everyone s choice I feel but I had a personal interest and found it a worthwhile read I picked up this book because I saw the preview for the Netflix film and I wanted to get the story While the sections on the conclaves from 2005 and 2013 were good the rest of the book was meh and it didn t really provide anything new that wasn t already Il metodo dell'ovulazione. Atlante known from articles documentaries etc To that extent it s not really meant to be a history like a review of all of the articles and documentaries produced to this moment But to be fair I also said the same about McCarten s book Darkest Hour 45Vatican in the news and me reading this book Such a cool coincidence Anthony McCarten rose to fame with his nonfiction book Darkest Hour which got Gary Oldman an Oscar after he transformed himself into a Victorian Englishman and with his screenplay The Theory of Everything which nearly offered the same accolade to Eddie Redmayne McCarten is clearly aingmaker. From the Academy Award nominated screenwriter of The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour comes the fascinating and revealing tale of an unprecedented transfer of power and of two very different men who both happen to live in the Vatican SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING ANTHONY HOPKINS AND JONATHAN PRYCE In February 2013 the arch conservative Pope Benedict XVI made a startling announcement he would resign making him the first pope to willingly vacate his office in over 700 years Reeling from the news the College of Cardinals rushed to Rome to. D then go backs to Bergoglio for no apparent reason Further doesn t really tell us anything new It s not really a work of investigation but rather an account of It s not really a work of investigation but rather an account of information can easily be found on the internet or in other books Overall a good introduction to the theme but by no means a comprehensive one I am looking forward for the Major motion picture they re making out of this though I am not Catholic but I was swept up in the story of these two popes McCarten does a wonderful job telling intermingling their histories as well as the history of the church He respectfully satisfies the curiosity one has for the secret Vatican traditions and then catapults the reader into the meat of this event what came before to cause it and the impact it has had and is still having on the world This is a story I honestly didn t think I cared about but has become one of my most moving reads of the year Excellent history on these two men Benedict and Francis The backgrounds of both of these men surprised me The author did an excellent job of comparing and contrasting them As well he explains some of the decisions made by both A clearly written history that leads us to where we are in the church today Glad I read this Anthony McCarten s play The Pope which is the basis for the film The Two Popes feels very much like a rough draft for his eventual screenplay While the film and McCarten s screenplay would ultimately make this story about Pope Benedict and Pope Francis it s strange to me how much McCarten s play introduces all sorts of superfluous characters Most Of Whom Are Almost Non Existent of whom are almost non existent the original film I think after writing the play McCarten must ve realized that he could make this story simpler when it s almost entirely about those two popesI do admire the simplicity of this play though only two acts the latter of which focuses on just these two popes talking These moments between them are certainly the most interesting part of this story and I almost wish the entire play was just these two in conversation Also due to the limitations of the play format as opposed to film I like how much simpler this play is than the film The film goes into flashbacks that I only felt took me out of the film and muddled the basic idea too much But here all that flashback material is told through conversation and I find the story to be stronger because of itAgain it s hard to see this as anything than a rough draft for the film though I believe McCarten must have started the screenplay before this play even premiered and McCarten even wrote a supplemental book further explaining the history of these two popes The Pope ends up feeling like a solid idea that will be fleshed out in a stronger way through further iteration. Erything both be right Having immersed himself in these men's lives to write the screenplay for the upcoming motion picture The Pope Anthony McCarten masterfully weaves their stories into one gripping narrative From Benedict and Francis's formative experiences in war torn Germany and Argentina to the sexual abuse scandal that continues to rock the Church to its foundations to the intrigue and the occasional comedy of life in the Vatican The Pope glitters with the darker and the lighter details of one of the world's most opaue but significant institution. ,