Inside the Vatican : Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church, Paperback

Inside the Vatican : Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church Paperback

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This work affords an account of the people, the politics and the organization behind the Vatican.

Thomas Reese looks at the almost Byzantine bureaucracy of congregations, agencies, secretariats, tribunals, nunciatures and offices, showing how they serve the pope and, through him, the universal church.

He gives an account of how popes are elected bishops appointed, how dissident theologians are disciplined and civil authorities dealt with.




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Wow, what a book. The author, a Jesuit priest, provides an incredibly detailed look into how the church is organized and how it functions. I think the most profound observation he asserts is that the Church operates on a millenial perspective. It takes years - decades - centuries - to evolve and change, and that is part of the reason for its longevity.As someone who works in Internet media, I have long judged the church as inept and pokey in its inability to respond to news stories and changes in public opinion. But what the author posits, however indirectly, is that this slowness is a strength from the point of view of outliving idologies and people.Kings rule and die, democracies blossom and perish, and there remains the church, a constant in a transitory world. Read it and have your eyes opened.

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