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John XXIII: Pope of the Century

by Peter Hebblethwaite

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2143 Pope John XXIII: Shepherd of the Modern World, by Peter Hebblethwaite (read 23 Apr 1988) The author is an ex-Jesuit who wrote for the National Catholic Reporter. He is very pro-John, and I enjoyed the book, especially the chapters on the time before John became Pope, which told of things I didn't know well. Contrary to what I'd heard, this book says only seven bishops were removed--on July 27, 1945--because of their identification with Vichy: "Archbishop de la Villerabe; of Aix-en-Provence, Bishops Dutort (Arras) and Auvity (Mende), the auxiliary bishop of Paris. Beaussant..., and the apostolic vicars of Rabat, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and Dakar." Pope John will no doubt be canonized some day when that wing of the Church pushes it through--as the other wing pushed Pius X through. This book has nothing good to say of Pius X, and identifies Roncalli with persons quaking over the Modernist hunt. The bibliography in this book is not very scholarly, and cites a lot of non-English sources. John XXIII was a good friend of Montini (Paul VI), and Paul VI was a good successor. I found the account of John's death tear-jerking. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jul 12, 2008 |
With access to Pope John XXIII's detailed journal and other personal archives the author, Peter Hebblethwaite a former Jesuit, provides a detailed record of the much-beloved religious leader's life. Hebblethwaite chronicles Pope John's many significant contributions to peace during his brief reign. We can see how many exploited the goodness and the kindness of Pope Roncalli during his lifetime. It seemed that His Holiness wished to set up "peace at any price" as a rule of government. We can see this from his utterance of his historic phrase, "Me, I was born to bless and not to condemn!" Which was his underlying order for the Ecumenical Council that for the first time in history limited themselves to blessings and therefore did not condemn the errors of its day. ( )
2 vote hermit | Dec 25, 2007 |
Hebblethwaite is a little too pious, but it is very good overall. ( )
  steve40004 | Nov 8, 2007 |
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Angelo Roncalli was elected Pope in 1958 and in four and a half years, through summoning the Second Vatican Council and putting in hand a major revision of the code of Canon Law, had transformed the Roman Catholic Church. Through his personality and teaching, and his initiatives with world leaders, he gave the papacy a new vision and set before the Catholic Church a new version of its mission to the world. Today many people throughout the world see Pope John XXIII as one of the twentieth-century's most loved and influential figures.… (more)

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