Conclave: The Politics, Personalities and Process of the Next Papal Election

Conclave: The Politics, Personalities and Process of the Next Papal Election

by John L. Allen Jr.
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Conclave: The Politics, Personalities and Process of the Next Papal Election 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the revised edition last summer and (admittedly) didn't really start reading it in earnest until a month ago. I'm glad I had it on hand as compared with the other titles I have on this topic it really is the best at presenting the information about the nuts and bolts of the next conclave and absolutely the best at listing who the likely leading cadidates will be to follow in JP II's footsteps. Good writing, good information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book contains some good historical and procedural information on the process of electing a pope, but its list of top contenders is unreliable. There is a tendency to present as frontrunners those whom the author perceives as 'progressives' who wish to adapt the Church to modern Western mores. George Weigel, the current pope's biographer and a Vatican expert himself for network television, has noted that many of the top contenders identified in the book in fact do not merit the label. In any event, the book is now outdated given the constant changes among the cardinals since the book's initial publication.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Conclave' is essential reading for every journalist, broadcast or print. John Allen has compiled a handy, easy to read overview of what you need to know to professionally cover the conclave story. When you get that phone call in the middle of the night, telling you the pope has died, that you need to head immediately to Rome, or do an early morning local angle story, you better have read 'Conclave.' No doctorate in theology is needed to understand this book; no Catholic baptismal certificate is required, nor are 12 years of Catholic education required to master what you will need to know to cover what will be a major media story. Just read and reread 'Conclave' and you will be able to ask the right questions, get the right angles, and be in the right locations to effectively cover the story. 'Conclave' is a journalist's conclave backgrounder--take that from someone who covered the last two conclaves. 'Conclave' is great reading for Catholics, clergy and laity alike. It has been almost 24 years since the last conclave and we all need to refresh ourselves on the protocol of the event. After reading 'Conclave.' I'm looking forward to the author's next book on the Curia.