All the Pope's Men : The Inside Story of How the Vatican Really Thinks
5 journalers for this copy...
All the Pope's Men is a textbook explanation of the Vatican's functions, a succinct analysis of the city-state which governs the Catholic faith in Christ's stead. Explored in this book are the Vatican's hierarchy, beginning naturally with the Holy Father and his duties as successor to St. Peter, as are minute details ranging from the Vatican's pension plan for lay employees of the city-state, various congregations and councils, the Vatican's communication and media departments, and the Synod of Bishops.
Author Allen also touches upon various topics that have enhanced the Vatican's legacy (and, perhaps, allowed a sinister perception for some) over the centuries -- the secret nature of the Swiss Guard and the always mysterious Vatican finances -- to more contemporary concerns like the Vatican's involvement with recent clerical scandals and views on the war in Iraq.
For the curious non-Catholic, and the Catholic seeking a more enlightenment with regards to the technical aspects of the Catholic Faith, All the Pope's Men serves as a well-thought primer. Note the book should not be read as a work of apologetics or evangelism (as the many varied works of the Church Fathers and saints would serve better that purpose), but as a treatise from a journalist whose experience with the Vatican city-state is evident in the words he writes.
5. back to me!
Mailed out 5/21/2005.
It looks quite interesting.
Oops! I thought I had already journaled on this book. I mailed it out on Thursday, July 7, 2005, to Rob-B.
Pyan asked to be skipped as is not doing any rings this year due to too many TBR books and wants to spend time catching up.
2/7/06 - Received the book today. This should be a fascinating read!
The book was finally mailed out today, 3/11/06 via media mail and so it's on its way back to HallieK.
There was so much that I learned from this book and it could be very useful as a source of reference as well.
I wish I could remember details but toward the end of having possession of this bookring, we had a family emergency that resulted in an unhappy ending. I never quite finished the book and my mind is too scattered to even begin to sort it out for preparation of a decent journal entry.
But I do know that I'd like to revisit this book again and sometime in the future I'll probably purchase a copy.
Thank you HallieK for including me in your ring.