101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy

101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy

by Christopher M. Bellitto
     
 
This fascinating, readable book answers almost every possible question that comes up whenever there is a papal transition-questions that haven't been posed for some time because of the long reign of John Paul II. And with new popes often advanced in years, these questions remain of perpetual interest and importance.

Our guide to addressing these questions is church

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This fascinating, readable book answers almost every possible question that comes up whenever there is a papal transition-questions that haven't been posed for some time because of the long reign of John Paul II. And with new popes often advanced in years, these questions remain of perpetual interest and importance.

Our guide to addressing these questions is church historian Dr. Christopher Bellitto, a frequent media resource and public lecturer who enlightens audiences about church history and Catholicism today. With the insights of a scholar and the voice of an entertaining professor, he tackles even the thorniest questions: How did the popes justify their authority? I know that Martin Luther comes along at some point and says that the papacy is the Antichrist. Why did he say this? Was Pius XII really "Hitler's pope"? Is the pope the closest person to God on earth? Was there really a Pope Joan? Do I have to believe every word the pope says?

From such details as Why do cardinals wear red? to such sweeping matters as What is papal infallibility?-Dr. Bellitto walks the reader through 2,000 years of the papacy, and the men named to be the "Vicar of Christ."

About the Author:
Christopher M. Bellitto, PhD, is assistant professor of history at Kean University in New Jersey

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

The recent papal visit to the United States and the changes Pope Benedict XVI has instituted in the Roman Catholic Church have renewed interest in the office of the papacy. Volumes on the church's history and its various other aspects abound; Bellitto's (Kean Univ.; Ten Ways the Church Has Changed) slim book, however, stands out among them. Instead of bogging down in details, it ably answers 101 common questions about the history, power, symbols, and even trivia of the Vatican (e.g., Was Peter the first pope? Are all cardinals bishops?). Also unlike many other such works, the volume does not advocate for or against any controversies in the last 2000 years of church history. Instead, Bellitto outlines the entire history of the papacy, including some of its highest and lowest points. An extremely selective bibliography provides a beginning path for future reading and research. This latest addition to Paulist Press's "101 Questions & Answers" series makes an excellent purchase for both public and academic libraries.
—Ray Arnett

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809145164
Publisher:
Paulist Press
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Series:
Responses to 101 Questions... Ser.
Pages:
177
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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