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Richard E. ParentWills explores a variety of current Catholic issues, such as women and gays in the priesthood, birth control and abortion, explaining how the historical and doctrinal biases against each are now irrelevant. He then proceeds to show the Church's increasingly desperate attempts to maintain that the old positions are still valid. Wills asserts that it is the need to present the facade of an unchanged and unchanging Church that motivates the creation of structures of deceit, which force the Popes and everyone else in the Church to accept and proclaim myriad blatant and hurtful falsehoods.
Papal Sin delves into sexy issues such as the missionary position and priests having sex, as well as disturbing issues like the Church's involvement in the Holocaust and priests having sex with children etc. to frame and explore the Church's structures of deceit. Wills also provides fascinating factoids, such as the continued existence of the Inquisition.
Now known as the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the new Inquisition (which is still has a creepy name) most recently published a declaration stating that the Catholic church is the only true way to God and heaven, and that Christian Protestant denominations are not even "churches in the proper sense." The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith are the same folks who brought us the Pope's so-called "apology" for the sins of the past, a document which condemns much, yet claims that the Church is now and has always been completely faultless. It is these sorts of Church pronouncements that prove Wills' structures of deceit are real and dangerous.
As someone who was not familiar with the past 200 years' worth of popes, let alone their writings, I found Wills' book accessible and quite a page turner.
While Wills may not address a certain final issue as much as I would like, he does provide a wealth of juicy information about those naughty, naughty popes. If you've ever had a beef with the Holy See, or if you're simply curious about the dirty secrets that the Mother Church doesn't want you to know, you owe it to yourself to arm yourself with Wills' latest ballsy, no-holds-barred diatribe, Papal Sin.