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Good Pope, Bad Pope: Their Lives, Our Lessons
     

Good Pope, Bad Pope: Their Lives, Our Lessons

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by Mike Aquilina
 

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Why did the author pick the popes you’ll meet in the pages of this book? Why not Gregory I, whom many would call the greatest pope of all time? Why not Leo X, who was pope at the beginning of the Protestant Reformation? Why not Leo XIII, who boldly stood up for the rights of workers?

Every pope is by definition a remarkable man. But the popes whose stories

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Why did the author pick the popes you’ll meet in the pages of this book? Why not Gregory I, whom many would call the greatest pope of all time? Why not Leo X, who was pope at the beginning of the Protestant Reformation? Why not Leo XIII, who boldly stood up for the rights of workers?

Every pope is by definition a remarkable man. But the popes whose stories you’ll read here were chosen because they reveal how the papacy developed. They show us how Christ kept his promise to his bride, the Church, not only in her health but also in her sickness. The great popes advanced our understanding of Christian doctrine. But even more remarkable, the worst popes could do nothing to damage the teaching of the Church.

That’s why, even in its darkest moments, the story of the papacy is a story of triumph. And that’s why it’s worth knowing these twelve popes.

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This book is a great start for those wanting to learn more about the papacy, the men who have been pope, and how some popes have shaped the papacy and the Catholic Church, whether for good or bad.

—Krista Brown, Catholic Library World

Good Pope, Bad Pope is a book that can embolden the faith of a believing Catholic, and perhaps break down the walls of those who find the papacy to be a stumbling block in their journey to the church. Aquilina doesn't shy away at all from the fact that many popes were far more sinner than they were saint."

— The Catholic Telegraph

"Church historian Mike Aquilina knows a lot about the popes. He agrees that the lives of saintly, intellectual, or courageous popes inspire us, but he says we can also learn from the lives of cowardly, greedy, or just plain evil popes.... Somehow, despite the terrible things they did, these popes never tried to change Church doctrine or morality to justify their personal actions, which seems downright miraculous."

Catholic Digest

"Aquilina's abbreviated yet diverse selection—he admits your favorite may well be missing—provides a most readable account of the evolution of the papacy and all that it means for believers today."

Liguorian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616366285
Publisher:
Franciscan Media
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Mike Aquilina is the author or editor of more than thirty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He has cohosted eight series for EWTN and is a frequent guest on Catholic radio. His publishing career spans almost three decades, and hundreds of his articles have appeared in periodicals in the United States and abroad. Mike lives in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania.

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Good Pope, Bad Pope: Their Lives, Our Lessons 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CarolBlank More than 1 year ago
Upon this rock In Good Pope, Bad Pope, Mike Aquilina explains the development of the papacy through stories of popes from the first century to the present. He makes the point that the Church enjoys the protection of Christ. Understanding of Catholic doctrine is advanced under the “good” popes and remains uncompromised under the “bad.” The dozen popes he has chosen for the book illustrate this point. The first six begin with Peter the Apostle, of course, and run through Vigilius, who reigned from 537 to 555 and according to Aquilina, saved the faith despite being greedy, ill-tempered, and devious. The second half of the book features popes from Benedict IX (1032 to 1045) through John Paul II (1978 to 2005). Two “bad” popes from that period are Benedict IX and Alexander VI—he’s the one who was central to the TV series “The Borgias.” Aquilina says Alexander had too little interest in theology to teach heresy. Benedict IX is unique for two major reasons: he was elected pope three different times, and he sold the papacy. Besides all that, he favored what Aquilina calls “orgies and dissipation” over theology. Aquilina, who has been publishing articles and books on Catholicism for more than 30 years, presents his material in an imminently readable style. He uses real and imagined dialogue and informal words and phrases such as slippery characters, gung ho, washout, sneaky, hated his guts, and goof-up. He describes the Rome of Alexander VI as far worse than Dodge City at its meanest.