Pope's War, The Paperback – 7 Nov 2012
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"Indeed this book, published two years before Benedict XVI resigned, goes a long way toward a detailed list of reasons for Benedict's failed papacy." --"Midwest Book Review"
About the Author
After being forbidden to teach theology by then-Cardinal Ratzinger in 1988, Matthew Fox was welcomed into the Anglican community, where he started the University of Creation Spirituality. He is now a visiting scholar, and operates a successful programme for the education of inner-city teenagers.
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Here Fox lifts the ecclesiastical curtains and exposes the truth - a truth that will shock, horrify and disturb - all tied up with the hidden secrets and inner workings of the Vatican and last two Popes. The revelations involving everything from systematic priestly pedophilia cover-ups to the disturbing workings of the anti Vatican II "lay" organizations like Opus Dei and the Legion of Christ made it, for me, the most uncomfortable to read of all Fox's books.
YET it is out of love and not hatred that he does this, for the book does not end in negativity. It ends with a prophetic vision - a calling backward, and yet forward, to a Christianity which can be a blessing rather than a curse to the suffering peoples of our religion battered world. After exposing the darkness and death, Fox points to the possibility of resurrection and I can say that I for one closed the final page not in despair, but with a sense of expectant hope and joy.
Revd. Mark Townsend, author of Path of the Blue Raven - From Religion to Re-Enchantment
Not content to simply explain what is wrong with the way in which Roman Catholicism is currently being administered, Mr. Fox sets out, clearly step by step, how it can be reformed, enabling it to work alongside other Christians, and indeed other religions, as equals in a combined effort for the good of all. In relation to this, one of the things he does is to champion the role of women in the Church as he, at the same time, exposes the myth that God is exclusively male. The nonsense of not allowing women to be ordained as priests is also exposed.
Matthew Fox is also clear regarding the damage done to Christian belief by adopting the doctrines perpetrated by Augustine of Hippo (354-430) such as original sin and the inferiority of women, both of which have no basis in the teaching of early Christianity. In relation to this he sets out his evidence in succinct and readily assimilated fashion.
The danger to ecumenical Christianity postured by current organisations such as Opus Die and The Legion of Christ are clearly explained as is also the RC Church's inability to deal effectively with such crimes as the sexual abuse crisis amongst its clergy and the financial misdemeanours of the Vatican Bank.Read more ›
We are not yet clear of this situation. Ratzinger is still in power as Pope Benedict XVI. Matthew Fox writes about the organisations that the pope has used and continues to use for his nefarious misdeeds. Fox highlights some of those who have suffered including himself. But then he goes on to spell out some of the principles that need to guide the Church in the future so that the church really serves the people rather than the machinations of the hierarchy. Fox originally came to the notice of many as the author of Original Blessing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Matthew Fox has spat his dummy and clearly shows his ire in this book in which he rails against anyone and everyone he crossed-swords with during his time as a member of the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by P. WILLIAMS
very much a polemic,but I enjoyed it all the same.Pity Fr Fox went over to the Episcopalians,our loss, their gain. Read morePublished 16 months ago by malcolm sinclair
Excellent assessment of a pope I've always found rather difficult. As Cardinal Ratzinger he was known as the rottweiler. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J Still
This book is by way of a kind of 'J'accuse' and it is passionate in its denunciation of the behaviour of the official Catholic Church in the time of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's... Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by Pugin
I didn't see the purpose of the title of this book but I suppose that's a minor thing.
I found the work quite uninterestng and struggled to finish it. Read more
Matthew Fox lays out his argument clearly, and he has very positive alternatives; it’s very clear he has thought deeply on the subject.Published on 25 Dec. 2012 by Daniel Barnes