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Posted October 14, 2001
good writing but missing christ
as an evangelical christian i found much offense in this book. gone is the critque we need of the catholic church and its ways. gone is the center of christ. gone is the center of faith. gone is a repudiation of the liberal good works doctrine of the catholic church. instead, all we find is an adoration of the pope by a liberal Clinton Administration official. Ray Flynn is a liberal lefty - no doubt about that. he says he's pro 'social justice' (read: socialism). he shows his tilt in this book. as a conservative protestant, i already had much in disagreement with this church. all protestants do. this book mended nothing. the catholic church is leading its members astray with its godless theology of good works. this book only magnifies this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2001
an excellant book, with some unresolved issues
I find a great deal in common with the fine writer. Like him, I am a Catholic - and a darn proud one at that. Like him, I am a Democrat - and a terribly proud one at that. And, lastly, like him, I find myself drawn to Catholic social teaching. Therefore, I liked a great deal of what the book had to state. The writer succeeded in making a fine portrait of our Pope. However, the book - despite its fine stories and intention - was missing something - honesty. Flynn seemed to want to pander not to progressive Catholics but to right wing Catholics in his bashing of President Clinton and adoration of the Pope. Most notable was the author's telling of the Cairo Conference. If the Pope is so concerned about social justice, then why did he act as loudly as he did in this conference about abortion when President Clinton tried to pass universal health care? Why does Flynn not mention that? There is a stunning gap here. However, the book is a fine read, despite its showing of some of the hypocrisies of the Catholic establishment in the Vatican. And, may I add, the author did a fine job. I wish him well these days - I have followed his career for some time. I hope this is not the last we hear of Raymond Flynn.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2001
The Pope You Have Never Seen Before!!!!
Ambassador Flynn presents an incredible view of the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. Their relationship started not with President Clinton tapping Flynn as Ambassador to the Holy See, but rather 30 years before, in Boston with Cardinal Cushin and Cardinal Wojtya. It is an inspring volume of the relationship between the Vicar of Christ and a representitive of the United States government. But even more inspiring, that of a Catholic family man and a true priest of God. Anyone who wants a view of the Pope that has never really been explored would be foolish to ignore this book. It would also serve as a beautiful compliment to George Weigal's Witness to Hope!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.