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Passing the Keys: Modern Cardinals, Conclaves and the Election of the Next…

by Francis A. Burkle-Young

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3261. Passing the Keys: Modern Cardinals, Conclaves, and the Election of the Next Pope. by Francis A. Burkle-Young (read Oct 29, 1999) This book was published this year and most of it was super-interesting to me. The early chapters, full of iinformation on past papal elections are short of footnotes, and one wonders where he got all the information he passes out as gospel. He tells who he says will be the next Pope (Carlo Maria Martini), but he also says the next conclave will be this year, and that may not be true since there is not much left of this year. This is a great book, in many ways. ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 2, 2007 |
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"Passing the Keys is an invaluable narrative of one of the most heavily guarded and important histories in Christendom, that of the papal elections. With its in-depth descriptions of the elections and theological positions of Popes Leo XIII, Pius X, Benedict XV, Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul II, Burkle-Young provides the most complete picture available of modern Catholicism at the highest level. More important, the author looks ahead to the third millennium and suggests the principles and lessons that will govern the upcoming conclave and suggests the most likely candidates for the papacy. Burkle-Young explores the most pressing theological issues - including the current state of the priesthood and the debates waged over contraception and women as priests and bishops - that now guide the College and influence the future of the Vatican."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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