Absolute Power: How the Pope Became the Most Influential Man by Paul Collins

By Paul Collins

This attention-grabbing and sensational tale of the final centuries of the papacy is an important demand the reevaluation and reimagination of papal energy through one in all brand new preeminent theologians

In 1799, the papacy used to be at all-time low: The Papal States have been swept away and Rome seized by way of the innovative French armies. The cardinals have been scattered throughout Europe, and Catholics feared they might be not able to select the following pope. whether Catholicism survived, it appeared the papacy used to be entire. And but, simply over 2 hundred years later, the pope nonetheless stands "at the very middle of the principal conversations of our time" (Time). His impact reaches around the world--from Cuban politics to gender equality to the refugee crisis--and the power of his "soft energy" is incomparable.

In this gripping narrative of spiritual and political heritage, Paul Collins tells the inconceivable good fortune tale of the final 220 years of the papacy, from the unexalted demise of Pope Pius VI in 1799 to the fame of Pope Francis this present day. As a historian, journalist, and theologian, Collins additionally poses urgent, serious inquiries to the Catholic Church: Does contemporary church governance stray from the lessons of the gospel? Is the papacy's inner energy so nice that it'd be thought of heretical? if that is so, what could be performed to make sure a credible--and Christ-like--path ahead?
Absolute strength is required analyzing for someone attracted to the background of state-of-the-art advanced strength structures--as good as an individual invested in non secular, political, and social development within the West.

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