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Pope Francis: Untying the Knots Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Despite being a relatively short book it is teeming with detail, including sketches of Argentinian politics, the origins and conduct of the "Dirty War", and the machinations of two papal elections, as well as the origins and career of the new pope, Francis.
The central issues of the book relate to Bergoglio's personal conduct during the Dirty War and what sort of a pope he will be. In relation to the first question Vallely explores in some depth the key question relating to Bergoglio's role in the kidnapping and torture of two Jesuit priests by the military junta when he was Provincial of that order.
The answer to that first question is fundamental in Vallely's assessment of the second. In the end Vallely paints a convincing picture of a man who was politically conservative and personally authoritarian in his youth, making some dreadful mistakes as a result. But while remaining quite conservative Bergoglio appear to be someone who, as a result of deep shame at past misconduct and misjudgement, has grown into a generous and courageous figure.
It will be interesting to see the sort of pope that Bergoglio becomes as Francis but Vallely presents considerable evidence to suggest a hopeful prospect based on his radical conduct in the first months of his pontificate.
A real page turner that keeps you reading right till the end.
" Four years of Bergoglio would be enough to changes things" Cardinal Cormac O'Connor Murphy page 187
I await Vallely's 2017 edition !!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Insightful and inspiring. I recommend it as an excellent biography.Published 4 months ago by C. Kirby
Excellently balanced account of the Pope's life. I gave it away as a present to an Anglican clergyman!Published on 11 Mar. 2015 by Mrs. J. M. Evans
Wonderful book about Pope Frances' life before he became The Pope. A real insight into what has made Pope Frances the wonderful, charismatic yet humble Leader of the Catholic... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2015 by Elizabeth
My choice of ratings was how I felt this book was written with sincerity, it has helped me to understand where Pope Francis came from and his understanding of people and his Love... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2015 by Valerie Callister