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Pope's War, The Paperback – 7 Nov 2012

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Reprint edition (7 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454900016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454900016
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 996,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Does Matthew Fox hate the Roman Church? My unequivocal answer to that question is `NO!' In fact he had to write this book for the precisely the opposite reason. Fox loves the Church of Rome with such a passion that there was no other option. Like Jesus in the Temple this book is Fox's attempt to take a metaphorical whip and crack it loudly over the heads of the oft silenced faithful and shout `enough - look at what's happening!' This modern day prophet symbolically overturns table after table and sends out a challenge to an institution that he sees as equally (or even more) in need of reform than the politicized temple structures of Jesus' day.

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
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By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2012
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This work is so full of commonsense and compassion that one can only wonder how it is that so few of the world's religious leaders continue to appear deaf to its altruistic reasoning. Matthew Fox's readily assimilated writing style is packed with all kinds of stimulating facts that combine to cause the reader to think deeply about a variety of matters that he/she may well have hitherto taken for granted.

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.
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I have just finished reading Matthew Fox The Pope's War: Why Ratzinger's Secret Crusade has imperilled the Church and how it can be saved (2011 Sterling Ethos, NY). It is depressing reading to start with in terms of what Ratzinger has with his despicable associates done to hamper a true Christianity to flourish in the Roman Church. The corruption of power is exposed by Matthew and those who have risked their reputation to stand up for virtues, whilst their superiors have pursued a malignant course in pursuit of power and conniving with gross abuse by those they decided to defend. This is almost inexplicable if I was writing about Christians. But I am writing about wolves in sheep's clothing. Jesus clearly taught that children should be protected against hurt and yet Ratzinger has consistently failed to act to prevent pedophilia and his colleagues have consistently enabled it. This happened when Ratzinger held the prime position in the Roman Church for dealing with such matters. What did he do instead? He chose to attack on spurious grounds those who recognised the Church's responsibility towards the poor and successfully silenced them in favour of prelates who curried favour with right wing politicians.
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.
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