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Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit (edition 2000)

by Garry Wills (Author)

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Title:Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit
Authors:Garry Wills (Author)
Info:Doubleday (2000), Edition: 1, 336 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Pope, Vatican, Contraception, Holocaust, Jewish People, Catholicism, Rabbis, Priest, Homosexuality, Bible, Mussolini, Hitler, Virgin Mary, Abuse, Sin, Nuns, Church, Pope Pius IX, La Farge, Pope Pius XI, Baptism, Pope Pius XII, Inquisition, Nazis, Italy, Germany

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Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit by Garry Wills


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PAPAL SIN should be required reading for all Catholic adults and highly recommended for everyone else.

An unintended result is that whatever religion you do or do not have,
you will become more aware of ALL lies and deceit, thanks to Saint Augustine,
and are likely to become a more moral person.

This book is meticulously researched and documented, chapter by chapter,
demonstrating the most recent (beginning around Pius IX) Vatican and Catholic deceits.

Its scope is worldwide and by now, 17 years after publication,
Garry Wills would be having an enhanced field day with the connections between
rampant world population, world climate change, and the Vatican's ongoing idiocy on contraception,
with professed celibates controlling the intimate lives of married and unmarried Catholics.

As well, all of his predictions
regarding an emerging Gay Priesthood have come true, with sad results and jaw-dropping deceits.

His coverage of the cult of the Virgin Mary confirms the bewilderment many of us feel at the endless
mention of SEX in a spiritual setting - why is her hymen glorified or how can you not think about sex
every time it is mentioned?

The Catholic Church, while offering much needed help and solace for the sick and dying,
is a troubling place.

As well, the author confirms that "popes" are never mentioned in the Bible and,
unlike the priests who are modeled after them,
all of the apostles were married.

The alleged divinity and infallibility of the popes receives the condemnation they each deserve.

Unforgettable. ( )
  m.belljackson | Sep 26, 2017 |
Papal Sin is about far more than a few instances of bad behavior from a few popes. Anyone who’s done much reading on the Catholic church should be aware of quite a few instances of popes murdering, lying, thieving, etc. But are those actions in the past? Wills’ argument is that the very structure of the office of the pope requires it to lie and cover up, even if it’s not directly involved in wrong-doing in the last century or so.

As Wills lays them out, the book covers historical dishonesties, doctrinal dishonesties, one on the nature of honesty, and a theology of honesty. As a non-Christian and a layman, I found a different categorization of his themes more helpful. He begins with covering harm against others, then moves on to the lying to cover those up, followed by what Wills considers to be making shit up doctrinally. He then attributes this to an inability to admit when the church has been wrong, which is ultimately a concern with establishing a precedent that breaks the authority of the church hierarchy. The last chapters deal with some of the history and theology of lying withing the Catholic church.

The book’s premise is that the lying is because the church can’t admit to having been wrong without calling bringing to the fore that it’s been wrong before. In other words, it would open a can of worms that could bring about the end of priestly control of the church. The reasoning that this is the cause of much of the church’s flaws jibes with the evidence that Wills produces, but it’s by no means definitive proof.

Full review: http://reading.kingrat.biz/reviews/papal-sin-garry-wills ( )
1 vote KingRat | Oct 7, 2010 |
I was fascinated by this book and the bureaucracy surrounding the decision making process in the Roman Catholic church. Reading this book really sheds light on the recent revelations in the church and the reaction that has followed. ( )
1 vote gmmoney | Sep 8, 2010 |
Disclaimer: I am neither a practicing Catholic nor was I raised as a Catholic.

I noticed this book on the bargain table at a local book store, read the jacket and the table of contents and I was intrigued. The book is divided into four sections: Historical Dishonesties; Doctrinal Dishonesties; The Honesty Issue; and The Splendor Of Truth. I recommend using the "search inside this book" option to review the table of contents and the first chapter.

I found this book a challenge. I read a chapter or two and then did not pick up the book for weeks. At times reading Papal Sin was laborious, yet like physical exercise the mental exercise was beneficial. Of particular interest were the chapters on women (Excluded Women), celibacy of priests (The Pope's Eunuch's and Priestly Caste), priests as sex offenders (Conspiracy of Silence), homosexuality (A Gay Priesthood) and contraception (The Gift of Life).

To a non-Catholic, Papal Sin is educational and fascinating. To a devote Catholic who believes in the infallibility of the Pope, this book is likely blasphemous. ( )
1 vote Grandeplease | Oct 23, 2008 |
Gary Wills indicts the papacy for failing to admit that its teachings in the past may have been in error. He is particularly referring to issues such as infallibility, clerical celibacy, contraception, and relationships to the Holocaust. He relies on readings of the Bible and Church fathers, particularly Augustine, to demonstrate that the Curial teaching on these issues is not well supported by tradition, and argues that the main reason for the perpetuation of these teachings is the reluctance of the Papacy to admit to past error. He is enlightening on the politics behind discussions of contraception at Vatican 2, and the promulgation of infallibility at Vatican 1. The discussions were well done, compact chapters of wellsupported arguments, but it is hard to know exactly who the book is aimed at; one suspects the clergy will not find it convincing. He is very alarming on the issues of celibacy, and the molestation of young men by priests. He argues convincingly that the priesthood is becoming largely a gay organization. Read mostly on the train to New York for the ANA conference ( )
2 vote neurodrew | Aug 31, 2008 |
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Wills, an eminent historian and one of the most intellectually distinguished members of the Catholic laity in the United States, has written a devastating, no-holds-barred, indictment.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385494106, Hardcover)

"Catholics have fallen out of the healthy old habit of reminding each other how sinful Popes can be," notes Garry Wills in the introduction to Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit. In his book, Wills alludes occasionally to the most egregious papal scoundrels: "In the tenth century a dissolute teenager could be elected Pope (John XII) because of his family connections and die a decade later in the bed of a married woman." But most of the author's energy is devoted to an incisive analysis of recent popes' doctrinal pronouncements, which Wills believes have eroded the Church's moral authority and contributed to the drastic decline in vocations to the priesthood today. "The arguments for much of what passes as current church doctrine are so intellectually contemptible that mere self-respect forbids a man to voice them as his own," Wills writes. "The cartoon version of natural law used to argue against contraception, or artificial insemination, or masturbation, would make a sophomore blush. The attempt to whitewash past attitudes toward Jews is so dishonest in its use of historical evidence that a man condemns himself in his own eyes if he tries to claim that he agrees with it."

In chapters that address all of the matters just mentioned, and many others (including women's exclusion from the priesthood and clerical celibacy), Papal Sin considers "the connection between a Christian's truthfulness and Christ's truth." Wills argues that "the New Testament link between the two is brought about by the Spirit when he fills Christians so they speak without restraint." A final chapter, of great rhetorical and spiritual power, finds hope for Catholicism in a "church of the Spirit" where "the poor have the good news brought to them (Matthew 11:5)." Wills is one of those rare and exceptional writers who can clearly discern and describe both sin and righteousness, and can boldly speak the truth about power. --Michael Joseph Gross

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