God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church

God s Choice Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church George Weigel s bestselling biography of Pope John Paul II Witness to Hope set the standard by which all portraits of the modern papacy are now measured With God s Choice he gives us an extraordina

  • Title: God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church
  • Author: George Weigel
  • ISBN: 9780060937591
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • George Weigel s bestselling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, set the standard by which all portraits of the modern papacy are now measured With God s Choice, he gives us an extraordinary chronicle of the rise of Pope Benedict XVI as well as an unflinching view of the Catholic Church at the dawn of a new era.When John Paul II lapsed into illness for the lasGeorge Weigel s bestselling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, set the standard by which all portraits of the modern papacy are now measured With God s Choice, he gives us an extraordinary chronicle of the rise of Pope Benedict XVI as well as an unflinching view of the Catholic Church at the dawn of a new era.When John Paul II lapsed into illness for the last time, people flocked from all over the world to pray outside his apartment He had become a father figure to millions in a world bereft of strong paternal examples, and those millions now felt orphaned After than twenty six years of John Paul II s guidance, the Catholic Church is entering a new age, with its bedrock traditions intact but with pressing questions to address in a rapidly changing world Beginning with the story of John Paul s final months, God s Choice offers a remarkable inside account of the conclave that produced Benedict XVI as the next pope, drawing on George Weigel s unrivaled access to this complex event.Weigel also incisively surveys the current state of the Church around the world its thriving populations in Africa, Latin America, and parts of the post communist world its collapse in western Europe its continued struggles in Asia and the vibrancy of many aspects of Catholic life in the United States, even as the Church in America struggles to overcome its recent experience of scandal.Reflecting on John Paul II s greatness, drawing on firsthand interviews to paint an intimate portrait of the new Pope, and boldly assessing the Church s current condition, God s Choice is an invaluable book for anyone seeking to understand the Catholic future and the larger human future the Church will help to shape.

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    1. Most of my favorite parts of this book are the quotes and descriptions of our current pontiff. Here are a few of them:In 1974, Josef Pieper, the German philosopher who Cardinal Ratzinger had admired during his student days urged him to get in touch with Cardinal Wojtyla who had made such a deep impression on Pieper. Ratzinger and Wojtyla began exchanging books! ☺ (p. 178) A very propitious beginning to one of the most important friendships of the last century, don't you think? In the post-WWII [...]

    2. If you are looking for a book which is all biography on Pope Benedict XVI -- as I was -- you won't find it in George Weigel's God's Choice. If on the other hand you've read Weigel's masterly Witness To Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, it's possible to see this book as its conclusion and transition to the new pontiff. At first, I confess I was a tad disappointed--not that I don't love JPII (I do!) but I bought and was reading this book looking for insight into his successor. But as I rea [...]

    3. I bought this book some years ago, closer to Pope Benedict's actual election, but only just got around to reading it. Eight years into Benedict's papacy, Weigel's book remains a valuable read. Weigel is a thorough, and thoroughly readable, historian. The first half or so of the book describes the state of the Church through John Paul II's papacy before it approaches the 2005 conclave itself. Weigel also includes a good, swift biography of Joseph Ratzinger prior to the conclave which I found a gr [...]

    4. From what I've been able to determine from the three books I've read by George Weigel, I definitely prefer when he is writing about what other people do, as opposed to his opinion on how things ought to be. It's not that his opinions are that much different than mine or not well researched, in fact the opposite is true. My problem is that he is a little bit too analytical, uses vocabulary that often seems to be too academic, and becomes fairly dry. On the other hand, similar to his biography on [...]

    5. George Weigel begins by analyzing the legacy of the late John Paul II; some of it is quite poetic and moving. It may be somewhat redundant for those who read his biography Witness to Hope or rambling for those who just want to get to the part about Benedict. Weigel then walks the readers through the events surrounding the conclave to select the new Pope, which will interest those intrigued by the political machinations, ambitions, and decisions of cardinals (of whom I am not one). Finally, he in [...]

    6. Audiobook = Cheating.A very didactic treatmenet of the the changing of the guard between Pope John Paul II and Benedict II. Weigel looks at the history of the two popes and where the current papacy could head to strengthen the church in this post-modern world.

    7. Decent book but padded out a bit. Great info on both Pope's but some of the other info, in my opinion, was not necessarily all that interesting. 80-85% relevant. Worth a read (or listen as I listened to it on Audible)

    8. I was very touched at the beginning with John Paul II history, as I usually am. After that I wanted to continue reading about the Great John Paul. Yes, I picked up the book to learn about Benedict XVI and I did. It was a good book, you cannot predict how a book will touch you.

    9. I have come to really enjoy Mr. Weigel's works and respect him as a man who has an intregrous insight into the temporal workings of modern society. This work only further reinforced that view.

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