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The Pontiff in Winter - Triumph and Conflict in the Reign of John Paul II

John Cornwell

Over more than a quarter of a century, John Paul II has firmly set his stamp on the billion-member strong Catholic Church for future generations and he has become one of the most influential political figures in the world. His key role in the downfall of communism in Europe, as well as his apologies for the Catholic Church's treatment of Jews and to victims of the Inquisition, racism, and religious wars, won him worldwide admiration. Yet his papacy has also been marked by what many perceive as misogyny, homophobia, and ecclesiastical tyranny. Some critics suggest that his perpetuation of the Church's traditional hierarchical paternalism contributed to pedophiliac behavior in the priesthood and encouraged superiors to sweep the crimes under the carpet. The Pontiff in Winter brings John Paul's complex, contradictory character into sharp focus. In a bold, highly original work, John Cornwell argues that John Paul's mystical view of history and conviction that his mission has been divinely established are central to understanding his pontificate. Focusing on the period from the eve of the millennium to the present, Cornwell shows how John Paul's increasing sense of providential rightness profoundly influenced his reactions to turbulence in the secular world and within the Church, including the 9/11 attacks, the pedophilia scandals in the United States, the clash between Islam and Christianity, the ongoing debates over the Church's policies regarding women, homosexuals, abortion, AIDS, and other social issues, and much more. A close, trusted observer of the Vatican, Cornwell combines eyewitness reporting with information from the best sources in and outside the pope's inner circle. Always respectful of John Paul's prodigious spirit and unrelenting battles for human rights and religious freedom, Cornwell raises serious questions about a system that grants lifetime power to an individual vulnerable to the vicissitudes of aging and illness. The result is a moving, elegiac portrait of John Paul in the winter of his life an

Over more than a quarter of a century, John Paul II has firmly set his stamp on the billion-member strong Catholic Church for future generations and he has become one of the most influential political figures in the world. His key role in the downfall of communism in Europe, as well as his apologies for the Catholic Church's treatment of Jews and to victims of the Inquisition, racism, and religious wars, won him worldwide admiration. Yet his papacy has also been marked by what many perceive as misogyny, homophobia, and ecclesiastical tyranny. Some critics suggest that his perpetuation of the Church's traditional hierarchical paternalism contributed to pedophiliac behavior in the priesthood and encouraged superiors to sweep the crimes under the carpet. The Pontiff in Winter brings John Paul's complex, contradictory character into sharp focus. In a bold, highly original work, John Cornwell argues that John Paul's mystical view of history and conviction that his mission has been divinely established are central to understanding his pontificate. Focusing on the period from the eve of the millennium to the present, Cornwell shows how John Paul's increasing sense of providential rightness profoundly influenced his reactions to turbulence in the secular world and within the Church, including the 9/11 attacks, the pedophilia scandals in the United States, the clash between Islam and Christianity, the ongoing debates over the Church's policies regarding women, homosexuals, abortion, AIDS, and other social issues, and much more. A close, trusted observer of the Vatican, Cornwell combines eyewitness reporting with information from the best sources in and outside the pope's inner circle. Always respectful of John Paul's prodigious spirit and unrelenting battles for human rights and religious freedom, Cornwell raises serious questions about a system that grants lifetime power to an individual vulnerable to the vicissitudes of aging and illness. The result is a moving, elegiac portrait of John Paul in the winter of his life an
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Over more than a quarter of a century, John Paul II has firmly set his stamp on the billion-member strong Catholic Church for future generations and he has become one of the most influential political figures in the world. His key role in the downfall of communism in Europe, as well as his apologies for the Catholic Church's treatment of Jews and to victims of the Inquisition, racism, and religious wars, won him worldwide admiration. Yet his papacy has also been marked by what many perceive as misogyny, homophobia, and ecclesiastical tyranny. Some critics suggest that his perpetuation of the Church's traditional hierarchical paternalism contributed to pedophiliac behavior in the priesthood and encouraged superiors to sweep the crimes under the carpet. The Pontiff in Winter brings John Paul's complex, contradictory character into sharp focus. In a bold, highly original work, John Cornwell argues that John Paul's mystical view of history and conviction that his mission has been divinely established are central to understanding his pontificate. Focusing on the period from the eve of the millennium to the present, Cornwell shows how John Paul's increasing sense of providential rightness profoundly influenced his reactions to turbulence in the secular world and within the Church, including the 9/11 attacks, the pedophilia scandals in the United States, the clash between Islam and Christianity, the ongoing debates over the Church's policies regarding women, homosexuals, abortion, AIDS, and other social issues, and much more. A close, trusted observer of the Vatican, Cornwell combines eyewitness reporting with information from the best sources in and outside the pope's inner circle. Always respectful of John Paul's prodigious spirit and unrelenting battles for human rights and religious freedom, Cornwell raises serious questions about a system that grants lifetime power to an individual vulnerable to the vicissitudes of aging and illness. The result is a moving, elegiac portrait of John Paul in the winter of his life an

Language:

English

Narrators:

Graeme Malcolm

Length:

5h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:58


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:12


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:19


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:29


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:11


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:13


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:17


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:22


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:49


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:35