Pope John Paul II was a leader to millions of Catholics at a time of tremendous change. Promising a renewed church, he became a symbol of hope worldwide. Now, four years after his death, calls for his sainthood continue. But is this the whole truth? In The Power and the Glory, David Yallop explores the myths and half truths of John Paul II's long reign, revealing everything from the mismanagement of Vatican finance and the child sexual abuse crisis to the Vatican's role in the fall of Communism and the rise of the Opus Dei. Including explosive revelations from the CIA, the KGB, and the Vatican itself, The Power and the Glory is a bold and unflinching account of a beloved leader.
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About the Author
David Yallop won the Crime Writers’ Golden Dagger Award for Nonfiction in 1984 for In God’s Name, his classic inquiry into the death of John Paul I, which has sold six million copies worldwide. He is also the author of The Day the Laughter Stopped, Deliver Us from Evil, and Tracking the Jackal. He lives in England.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
1 God's Will? 3
2 'It Depends on Whose Liberation Theology ...' 40
3 A Very Polish Revolution 84
4 Appointment in St Peter's Square 112
5 Vatican Incorporated I 133
6 Papal Politics I: A Holy Alliance? 152
7 The Market Place 202
8 The Jewish Question 234
9 Beyond Belief 270
10 Papal Politics II: After the Cold War 355
11 Thou Shalt Not ... 377
12 Vatican Incorporated II 413
13 The Village 442
Author's note 497
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A really powerful book that explores the seamier side of John Paul 2's Vatican. Written by the author of In God's Name, the precisely researched book identifies unseemly actions and inactions in many areas. From Vatican finances to the deplorable priest scandal and the Church's incessant efforts to obfuscate and delay legal action, the book points out a pattern of unethical behavior that is both shocking and encyclopedic.The Vatican Bank scandal was better chronicled in the author's previous book. But the tremendous level of detail that he provides to the 2000 years long priest scandal and the Pope's unwillingness to address it shows a bureaucracy that I am certain Christ would find impossible to countenance.It has been said that the goal of any bureaucracy is self perpetuation. Yallop offers up ample evidence that in the case of the church, this appears to be true.
In this extraordinary book, investigative journalist David Yallop examines the record of Pope John Paul II. Yallop details the many scandals of John Paul¿s rule, especially the cover-up of widespread sexual abuse by paedophile priests across the world, including 1,200 in the USA. In Britain, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O¿Connor connived at the criminal offence of abusing children by helping priests to evade justice so that they could continue to abuse. He appointed a known paedophile as Chaplain to Gatwick Airport, where he could prey on new arrivals to Britain. Cardinal Basil Hume covered up the widespread sexual abuse at Ampleforth College, a Catholic private school. Cardinal Ratzinger, John Paul¿s close colleague, now Pope Benedict, recently reminded every bishop of the penalties that his Church imposes on those who make allegations of sexual abuse to the civil authorities. The Church puts itself above the law to protect itself, not its victims. They tell us all how to lead our lives, on pain of eternal damnation, while they hide abusing priests and attack those who expose the crimes. What hypocrisy! John Paul said, ¿The Roman Catholic Church is not a democracy. Dissent from the Magisterium is incompatible with being a Catholic.¿ The Church is an autocracy and loves other autocracies. John Paul granted a `personal prelature¿ to Opus Dei, making this openly fascist body answerable to no one but himself. Yallop depicts John Paul¿s hatred of Liberation Theology and his consistent support for brutal right-wing tyrannies in Latin America. He shows John Paul¿s links with the CIA: John Paul and CIA head William Casey had both supported Franco in the 1930s war in Spain. As Pope, John Paul beatified 471 Franco supporters, but not one Republican. Ratzinger volunteered to join the Hitler Youth and served in the Wehrmacht. It is no coincidence that there is a German Pope, when Germany is trying to foist a Bismarckian Constitution on the European Union. The Roman Catholic Church operated the infamous ratlines for 30,000 Nazi, Italian and Croat war criminals after World War Two, with the connivance of the US and British governments. (No wonder Blair is so keen to join the Church.) In the 1980s, Germany and the Vatican backed the destruction of Yugoslavia, to `free¿ Catholic Croatia. Mussolini¿s deal with the Papacy is still in force: the Italian state gives half a billion pounds annually to the Church. Yallop shows how John Paul defended the corrupt Vatican Bank, the Mafia¿s bank, which launders round $50 billion a year. As a member of the Vatican Secretariat said of the absurd `visions of the Virgin Mary¿ at Medjugorje in Yugoslavia, ¿Of course it¿s a fraud but the money is genuine.¿ What did John Paul achieve? By trying to hide the Church¿s vice and corruption, he brought it lasting shame. So less than half the world¿s Catholics even attend Mass and numbers are falling rapidly. 72% of the Spanish people think that the state should stop its £100 million annual handout to the Church. Like other reactionaries, all his scheming resulted only in the failure of his cause.
Putting the over a dozen typos aside, Mr Yallop once again sharpens his axe and swings it at the Vatican. Is he accountable? No. The Church will be sued but will never sue. This give this author the green light to cast accusations on dead Cardinals and uses the 'unnamed sources' ploy as a crutch.