The Pope's War: Why Ratzinger's Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved

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An internationally acclaimed theologian and member of the Dominican Order, Matthew Fox was forbidden to teach by then-Cardinal Ratzinger in 1988 and was later dismissed from the order. His experiences make him uniquely qualified to write about Pope Benedict XVI. Fox delivers a blistering indictment of Ratzinger, from his early career to his years as chief Inquisitor, from his protection of reactionary groups like Opus Dei to his role in covering up the pedophilia crisis. But Fox also sets forth his vision for a ...
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Overview

An internationally acclaimed theologian and member of the Dominican Order, Matthew Fox was forbidden to teach by then-Cardinal Ratzinger in 1988 and was later dismissed from the order. His experiences make him uniquely qualified to write about Pope Benedict XVI. Fox delivers a blistering indictment of Ratzinger, from his early career to his years as chief Inquisitor, from his protection of reactionary groups like Opus Dei to his role in covering up the pedophilia crisis. But Fox also sets forth his vision for a new Catholicism--one that is truly universal and celebrates critical thinking, diversity, and justice.
 
Author Matthew Fox appeared on Democracy Now on February 28, 2013. See the interview here: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/2/28/fascism_in_the_church_ex_priest
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“Indeed this book, published two years before Benedict XVI resigned, goes a long way toward a detailed list of reasons for Benedict's failed papacy.” —Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454900016
  • Publisher: Sterling Ethos
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 641,416
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

After being forbidden to teach theology by then-Cardinal Ratzinger in 1988, Matthew Fox was welcomed into the Anglican community, where he started the University of Creation Spirituality. He is now a visiting scholar, and operates a successful program for the education of inner-city teenagers. Matthew Fox lives in Oakland, CA.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Bruce Chilton ix

Preface Matthew Fox xiii

Introduction: Tumbling Down … Just Like the Berlin Wall xxvii

Section 1 The Making of an Inquisitor: Ratzinger's Life Story 1

Chapter 1 The Young Ratzinger 3

Chapter 2 Ratzinger's Conversion 13

Section 2 Ratzinger's Chosen Enemies 31

Chapter 3 The Inquisitor's Enemies Haring and Boff 33

Chapter 4 The Inquisitor's Enemies Casaldáliga, Javorova and Callan 54

Chapter 5 The Inquisitors Enemies: The Creation Spirituality Movement 75

Section 3 Ratzinger's Allies: With Friends Like These. Who Needs Enemies? 103

Chapter 6 Opus Dei 106

Chapter 7 The Legion of Christ and Father Maciel; Communion and Liberation and Cardinal Law 125

Chapter 8 Sister Jane Blows the Whistle about the Pedophile Crisis 145

Section 4 The End of the Catholic Church as We Know It and the Birth of a Truly Catholic Christianity 171

Chapter 9 Some Myths That Catholics Need to Surrender 174

Chapter 10 Treasures from the Burning Building; What Is Worth Saving? 188

Chapter 11 Toward a Truly Catholic Christianity and a Post-Vatican Catholicism 201

Chapter 12 Grieving, Then Acting: Twenty-Five Concrete Steps to Take Christianity into die Future 226

Appendix: Wailing Wall of Silenced, Expelled, or Banished Theologians and Pastoral Leaders under Ratzinger 238

Acknowledgments 243

Notes 245

Index 269

About the Author 281

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2011

    Highly Recomended

    A necessary reading for all catholics. For those who grew up with Vatican II and for catholics born in the last 40yrs. who's education has been controlled by the Vatican. It informs on the behind the scenes events of the past 30 yrs. Matthew Fox also gives us
    a way forward and teaches the truth about Catholicism. This book needs to be brought to the attention of the public.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    This reads lie a real life da vinci code!!!

    As a 61 year old Catholic woman, catechist, mother and grandmother, I lived through these times. My childhood friend and her family was one of the first to travel to South America through The Catholics for Latin America initiative. What happened to Liberation Theology, the message of Vatican II? Fox is connecting all the dots for me; why we find ourselves where we are today as Catholics, but more important, he points the way to where we need to go and "what we need to save from the burning building". This is a must read for every thinking Catholic and especially for every Catholic woman!!! Not just Catholics, but anyone who seeks an inside view of the Vatican and how it operates in the world. In light of the recent events in Ireland I believe that it is just a matter of time before that which has been hidden will be revealed. Fox's list of those silenced by the Vatican will astound you. Maybe if these brave voices had been allowed to speak we would not find ourselves in the dysfunction of today's Vatican.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2012

    Highly Recommended!

    We each have a responsibility to seek the truth of our Spirituality and our relationship with God. The Holy Spirit will never be silenced... and the more one tries, the more ways God will find an outlet to be heard. Thank you to the living, and those that have passed, to continue to speak out.

    I've always said that man creates sh+t, but God takes that sh+t and turns it into the fertilizer from which His Goodness grows! After reading this book, I think God is preparing to grow a pretty good garden!! Blessings~

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    A Book Worth Reading--to keep perspective

    Matthew Fox has always inspired me, ever since "Original Blessing"--changed my life. I'm far outside the box now myself but this book gives some perspective on what's going on inside that big box church I've left. Definitely worth reading.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    One of the most truthful interesting books I have read recently.

    One of the most truthful interesting books I have read recently. I would highly recomend to any Chatholic who is wondering whats has happen to the Church. Or any one who is interested in Political or Church manipulation. Opened my eyes. While reading I keep saying WOW.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    Must stop and read

    Very interesting. Matthew fox had issues with this pope. I felt, howevee, that his book is fair. How we got where we are and what we can save was thought provoking. It is a book that I recommend. Right now, I am reading it for the second time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    Excellent information

    Matthew Fox reveals the truly sinister side of this Pope and the darkness of the overseers of the Roman Catholic Church.
    It is truly a rich man's place, obedience without reasoning.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    I suffered through this egomaniacal book which is little more t

    I suffered through this egomaniacal book which is little more than a rant about the Holocaust. Fox says a central theme of Liberation Theology is putting yourself in the shoes of the other guy, but he fails to see that Benedict and JPII grew up in a Europe that was in the shadow of the Bolshevik Revolution. That little incident resulted in the slaughter of 9 million while executing the largest 'wealth redistribution' in history - to say nothing of the bayonetting of the four little girls of the royal family. The perpetrators, Trotsky and his cabal, threatened that the destruction of Europe and the Church were next. It is easy to understand why Europe was anti-this and anti-that. Look at the despicable way we are conduction ourselves long after 9/11. Fox would have us believe that a strong clergy involvement in secular affairs will promote justice. The Muslim world has been at that for a long time; how's that working out? And the strong central control advocated by the Vatican is in an effort to not have the Church split up into 20,000-plus sects that reflects today's Protestant world; is that a bad thing? Nobody advocates that the sex abuse scandals and the associated coverup is anything but deplorable, but a denunciation of the whole system is unwarranted. Trying to mimic Martin Luther by nailing theses to a church in Germany is great theatrics but these self aggrandizing moves are not helpful. He should recognize and accept that Ratzinger was only five years old when Hitler came into power and it simply was not the Pope's fault.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    No Catholic should read this book.l!

    I belong to a Traditional Catholic Society, SSPX.
    The problem with the church today is the lose of faith because of Vatican II. Of course something should be done with the priests accused of sex abuse, but this abuse is not just in a Catholic church it is EVERYWHERE. This guy justs wants to trash the church because they did not like his liberal ideas.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

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    Awesome Book - A great essay on power and control!

    This book confirms all that I have felt about the monarchy of JP-II and B-16, and the corruption with the Holy Roman Apostolic Church. The silencing of well over one hundred holy men and women has been a blessing to the laity as it has allowed some of the greatest theological minds to write and speak freely which is what Matthew Fox does in this disturbing, insightful, and painful confession. Every practicing Catholic needs to read this book and then start taking steps that will change the Church for our children.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Highly recommended

    An excellent inside view of the right wing agenda of the Vatican or Catholics and the world.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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