Last Testament: In His Own Words

Last Testament: In His Own Words

by Pope Benedict XVI, Peter Seewald


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Last Testament: In His Own Words by Pope Benedict XVI, Peter Seewald

The story of the first Pope to resign in over 700 years.

Pope Benedict made history when he became the first Pope in over 700 years to resign from office, stunning the Catholic Church the world over. At last, Last Testament is a stunning and frank autobiography from the shy and private man who has since remained cloistered in a former convent in the Vatican gardens. In interviews with Peter Seewald, the Pope Emeritus breaks his silence on corruption within the Vatican, clerical sex scandals, and the challenge of reforming the Papacy.

In these interviews, Benedict discusses such wide-ranging controversies as:

- The “Vatileaks” case in which his butler leaked some of his personal letters that alleged corruption and scandal in the Vatican

- The presence of a “gay lobby” within the Vatican and how he dismantled it

- His alleged Nazi upbringing

- His attempts at cleaning up the “dirt in the church” (clerical sexual abuse)

- The mysterious private secretary “Gorgeous George”

On a more personal level he writes with great warmth of his successor Pope Francis, who he admits has a popular touch, a star quality which Benedict himself has lacked. Much controversy still surrounds Pope Benedict's Papacy—in this book he addresses these controversies and reveals how at his late age, governing and reforming the Papacy and particularly the Vatican, was beyond him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472944627
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 496,975
Product dimensions: 5.21(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Pope Benedict XVI served as pope of the Catholic Church from 2005 to 2013. He was elected pope on April 19, 2005, was inaugurated on April 24, 2005 and resigned from the office on February 28, 2013.

Table of Contents

Foreword: One Last Visit ix

Part I The Bells of Rome 1

1 Quiet Days in Mater Ecclesiae 3

2 The Resignation 15

3 'I do not abandon the cross' 27

Part II A Life in Service 39

4 Childhood and Parental Home 41

5 The War 57

6 Student, Curate, Lecturer 67

7 Theological Apprentice and Star Theologian 101

8 Vatican II: A Dream and a Trauma 119

9 Professor and Bishop 143

10 Prefect (Rome, 1982-2005) 167

Part III The Pope of Jesus Christ 179

11 Suddenly Pontifex 181

12 Aspects of the Pontificate 189

13 Journeys and Encounters 209

14 Shortcomings and Problems 221

Conclusion 231

Author's Notes 247

Timeline 251

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Holy Father responds 2 questions from the "author" in a candid manner. All the sensitive issues of his pontificate are addressed. I respected Ratzinger B4 I read this book. Now I love him & respect him even more.