Download Epub Format Ù The Vatican Diaries PDF by ☆ John Thavis Look into some of the known and less known episodes of the Vatican in the last 20 30 years, quite interesting John Thavis, who covered the Vatican as a journalist for 30 years, betrayed his Minnesota roots when he wrote, Attending these Rome academic conferences was like fishing on a slow day you waited a lot and hoped something would bite Thavis, a native of Mankato, Minn.
, and a graduate of St John s University in Collegeville, hooked an author s dream His book on the inner workings of the Vatican was ready to be released when Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly announced his decision to retire.
Viking moved up the release date, making The Vatican Diaries as timely a read as a writer might hope for.
Thavis, whose byline ran in The Visitor for many years, retired just last year as Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service.
That post and the many friends and sources he made in and around St Peter s often put him in The Revealing New York Times Bestseller Examines The Reign Of Pope Benedict, The Papal Conclave Process, And The History Of One Of The World S Oldest And Most Mysterious Institutions For Than Twenty Five Years John Thavis Held One Of The Most Fascinating Journalistic Jobs In The World Reporting On The Inner Workings Of The Vatican His Daily Exposure To The Power, Politics, And Personalities In The Seat Of Roman Catholicism Gave Him A Unique, Behind The Scenes Perspective On An Institution That Is Far Less Monolithic And Unified Than It First Appears Thavis Reveals Vatican City As A Place Where Curia Cardinals Fight Private Wars, Scandals Threaten To Undermine Papal Authority, And Reverence For The Past Is Continually Upended By The Practical Considerations Of Modern Life Thavis Takes Readers From A Bell Tower High Above St Peter S To The Depths Of The Basilica And The Saint S Burial Place, From The Politicking Surrounding The Election Of A New Pope And The Ever Growing Sexual Abuse Scandals Around The World To Controversies About The Vatican S Stand On Contraception, And Perceptive, Sharply Written, And Witty, The Vatican Diaries Will Appeal Not Only To Catholics Lapsed As Well As Devout But To Any Readers Interested In International Diplomacy And The Role Of Religion In An Increasingly Secularized World Quite a fascinating set of snap shot of the Vatican The author doesn t provide any sensational disclosures, rather he relates a few of his experiences, discusses some of the debates in the Vatican on child abuse, use of condoms, homosexuality and the power of the few, newer sects There are some amusing tales of the dysfunction in this large organisation, the way things change with a new Pope, the cauldron of positions in the Vatican departments and some of it s exactness of the rites, customs and processes Plus it is very readable.
I have an interesting family history with the Catholic Church I grew up Catholic like, very Catholic but then again, my great uncle was a Catholic priest who ran off to Bermuda with one of his nuns, aggressively got excommunicated, and then married said nun I m not Catholic any being queer does that to a person but I ve read a decent amount about it, so I really thought I knew everything about the Catholic Church But this is an unusual, insider yet outsider take on how the hierarchy works both by prescription and, interestingly, in fact During Pope Benedict s reign, John Thavis was a member of the volo papale the reporters who follow the pope around all day every day This sounds glamorous, especially to Thavis s family and friends in Minnesota, but as he points out, trailing after the pop I am not a Catholic, but I admit I have a fascination with the Vatican, having visited the basilica, the Vatican museum, and the Sistine Chapel many years ago on a vacation to Rome So when I saw that this book was described as a behind the scenes look I was curious to check it out Also, with Pope Benedict having just retired, and with the selection of a new Pope imminent, this book seemed a very appropriate read for me right now.
I was not disappointed The book was very readable, and details many behind the scenes items of the Vatican workings Many chapters were amusing and show how things, such as the ringing of the church bells for specific events, and the color of the smoke coming from the Sistine Chapel chimney during conclave votes, are not be as regimented and organized as you would expect The book covers events during the terms of both Po This is not an expose of the Vatican but a behind the scenes look The author was a reporter bureau chief for Catholic News Service for over 25 years He did a fair job on being fair but you could tell from his writing that he did not care too much for Pope Benedict, although he did try to understand his motives.
The author traveled with the popes John Paul II and Benedict but often being part of the Vatican entourage was a hindrance in reporting and taking photos.
I had always thought everyone looking kindly to Pope John Paul II However, if he had one failing it would be his blind eye to the Father Maciel Legions of Christ founder sexual abuse of seminarians He Pope John Paul II did find Father Macial as an immoral man but was quite impressed with the Legions of Christ for ordaining so many priests and for bringing in a lot of much to the church.
What did Pope As a Baptist girl with only a few Catholic friends, I felt I had a bit of a blind spot when the world started focusing on Pope Benedict s retirement and the process of selecting a replacement So I turned to this book for a primer.
It s a nice look at the fascinating world of the Vatican, from the Pope s diplomatic visits on the papal plane to doctrinal debates that threaten to split the church It explores the personalities of the two most recent popes, and how those led to triumphs and failures Pope John Paul II, I learned, had a flair for the dramatic and often made news, while Pope Benedict was far academic and often came across as cold The former was vulnerable to being duped by cults of personality, while the latter seem disconnected and in some ways lowered the public profile
If you are interested in the papacy, religion in general, or history, this book is an excellent addition to your shelf In particular it excels in providing detail from deep within the Curia and other Vatican and Roman Catholic institutions It opens with a tantalizing story of the nearly forgotten bells of St Peter s that were supposed to ring on the election of a new pope in 2005, and from there moves to chapters providing detailed scenes of such things as a meeting between Benedict and the renegade Lefebvrist movement.
I m currently reading Absolute Monarchs, a one volume history of the papacy, and added this book to the list the moment I heard about it I m switching from one book to the other and monitoring all the news out of Rome as Benedict abdicates and a new Pope is elected, and the timing for someone fascinated with history and especially that Find this and other reviews at two days ago people the world over waited for white smoke to appear above St Peter s Square and it isn t hard to understand why The Holy See is arguably the most influential organization in the entirety of human history, the power it wields is sacred to faithful, but equally impressive to those outside the Catholic church In The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis lifts the veil of secrecy and sheds light on the politics that characterize life in Vatican City Offering readers insight into the world he knew while working for the Catholic News Service The thing I liked most about this book is that unlike some other titles I ve sampled over the years, Thavis humanizes the Vatican He talks about her quirks and idiosyncrasies, points to her character by examining her structure and inhabitants Even in print the city seems real as seen through