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There are one billion Catholics in the world today, spread over every continent, speaking almost every conceivable language, and all answering to a single authority. The Vatican is a unique international organization, both in terms of its extraordinary power and influence, and in terms of its endurance. Popes come and go, but the elaborate and complex bureaucracy called the Vatican lives on. For centuries, it has served and sometimes undermined popes; it has been praised and blamed for the actions of the pope and for the state of the church. Yet an objective examination of the workings of the Vatican has been unavailable until now.

Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with Vatican officials, this book affords a firsthand look at the people, the politics, and the organization behind the institution. Reese brings remarkable clarity to the almost Byzantine bureaucracy of congregations, agencies, secretariats, tribunals, nunciature, and offices, showing how they serve the pope and, through him, the universal church. He gives a lively account of how popes are elected and bishops appointed, how dissident theologians are disciplined and civil authorities dealt with. Throughout, revealing and colorful anecdotes from church history and the present day bring the unique culture of the Vatican to life.

The Vatican is a fascinating institution, a model of continuity and adaptation, which remains constant while functioning powerfully in a changing world. As never before, this book provides a clear, objective perspective on how the enormously complex institution surrounding the papacy operates on a day-to-day level, how it has adapted and endured for close to two thousand years, and how it is likely to face the challenges of the next millennium.

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Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with Vatican officials, this book affords a firsthand look at the people, the politics, and the organization behind the institution. Throughout, revealing and colorful anecdotes from church history and the present day bring the unique culture of the Vatican to life.

Synopsis:

Here is a firsthand look at the people, the politics, and the almost Byzantine bureaucracy behind the Vatican. Political scientist and Jesuit scholar Thomas Reese takes a lively look at how popes are elected and bishops appointed, how dissident theologians are disciplined and civil authorities dealt with. Revealing and colorful anecdotes from the past and present bring the unique culture of the Vatican to life.

About the Author

Thomas J. Reese is a Jesuit scholar with a doctorate in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and Editor in Chief of America, the national Catholic weekly magazine. He is author of, among other books, Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Papal Roles

The College of Bishops

The Synod of Bishops

The College of Cardinals

The Roman Curia

Vatican Officials

Papal Leadership

Vatican Finances

Outside the Vatican

Toward the Next Millenium

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674932616
Author:
Reese, Thomas J.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Reese, Thomas, S.J.
Author:
Thomas Reese, S.J.
Author:
Reese, Thomas J., S.J.
Author:
Reese, Thomas
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. :
Subject:
Roman Catholicism
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Church History - Catholic
Subject:
Papacy
Subject:
Vatican city
Subject:
Church management
Subject:
Vatican
Subject:
Councils and synods
Subject:
Christianity - Catholicism
Subject:
Christianity - History - Catholic
Subject:
Christianity - Catholic
Subject:
Christianity-Pastoral Ministry and Church Leadership
Subject:
Religion : Christianity - Catholic
Subject:
Religion-Institutions & Organizations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Harvard Univ PR
Series Volume:
SRS-7
Publication Date:
February 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 line illustrations
Pages:
322
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 13 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with Vatican officials, this book affords a firsthand look at the people, the politics, and the organization behind the institution. Throughout, revealing and colorful anecdotes from church history and the present day bring the unique culture of the Vatican to life.
"Synopsis" by , Here is a firsthand look at the people, the politics, and the almost Byzantine bureaucracy behind the Vatican. Political scientist and Jesuit scholar Thomas Reese takes a lively look at how popes are elected and bishops appointed, how dissident theologians are disciplined and civil authorities dealt with. Revealing and colorful anecdotes from the past and present bring the unique culture of the Vatican to life.
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