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How the Pope Became Infallible: Pius IX and the Politics of Persuasion

by August Hasler

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Fr. Hasler has related the circumstances under which the RC Vatican Council I issued the documents that proclaimed the Pope, Pius XI, infallible and the successor to Christ as leader of the Christian church. Fr. Hasler had access to documents in the Vatican libraries that tell a story of pressure and dishonesty to accomplish the propagation of these doctriness, Hans Kung relates the consequences of the council which have enslaved the roman church in a rigid mindset that makes it difficult to reach other christians in unity. A book that makes evident the problems of the roman church in the 21st century. The book reveals why this is not a favorite among Catholics. The story that it tells is hardly religious. ( )
  josephquinton | Aug 6, 2009 |
1654 How the Pope Became Infallible: Pius IX and the Politics of Persuasion, by August Bernhard Hasler translated by Peter Heinegg (read 21 Aug 1981) This is a "popularized" book by an author who died 1 July 1980. He apparently was a priest though it seems clear to me he had no interest in the formation of faith or the Faith. I found this book sloppily written, hopelessly biased, with utterly no effort to present a balanced, judicial view of his subject, and with no effort to present matters so his readers could themselves judge the issues he raises. Undoubtedly the pressures put on bishops in Vatican I were heavy, but that they were such as to be unbearable simply is not proved by this book. Even the gossip the book retails is given so sketchingly that one assumes the author merely wants to influence the reader adversely to the Church. Reading this book was a waste of time.

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  Schmerguls | Nov 21, 2008 |
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