The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis by Garry Wills audiobook

The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

By Garry Wills
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Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780525426967
8.42 Hours Unabridged
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New York Timesbestselling historian Garry Wills takes on a pressing question in modernreligion—will Pope Francis embrace change? Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope and the first from theAmericas, offers a challenge to his church. Can he bring about significantchange? Should he? Garry Wills argues that changes have been the evidence oflife in the Catholic Church. It has often changed, sometimes with badconsequences, more often with good—good enough to make it perdure. In thisbrilliant and incisive study, he gives seven examples of deep and seriouschanges that have taken place within the last century. None of them was effectedby the pope all by himself. As Wills contends, it is only by examining the history ofthe church that we can understand thechallenges facing both it and Francis,and as history shows, any changes that meet those challenges will have impactonly if the church, the people of God, support them. In reading the church’shistory, Wills considers the lessons Pope Francis seems to have learned. Thechallenge that Francis offers the church is its ability to undertake newspiritual adventures, making it a poor church for the poor, after the exampleof Jesus.

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Summary

Summary

New York Timesbestselling historian Garry Wills takes on a pressing question in modernreligion—will Pope Francis embrace change?

Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope and the first from theAmericas, offers a challenge to his church. Can he bring about significantchange? Should he?

Garry Wills argues that changes have been the evidence oflife in the Catholic Church. It has often changed, sometimes with badconsequences, more often with good—good enough to make it perdure. In thisbrilliant and incisive study, he gives seven examples of deep and seriouschanges that have taken place within the last century. None of them was effectedby the pope all by himself.

As Wills contends, it is only by examining the history ofthe church that we can understand thechallenges facing both it and Francis,and as history shows, any changes that meet those challenges will have impactonly if the church, the people of God, support them. In reading the church’shistory, Wills considers the lessons Pope Francis seems to have learned. Thechallenge that Francis offers the church is its ability to undertake newspiritual adventures, making it a poor church for the poor, after the exampleof Jesus.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Beautifully conceived and wrought essays that systematically address the wrongheadedness of the Catholic Church over centuries—and the space therein for Francis’ long-needed reforms…A welcome, thoughtful menu for the new pope on how to proceed with reform.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Is it possible, or even prudent, for an institution that has survived for two thousand years to change? The Catholic Church, according to Wills, professor emeritus at Northwestern University, has changed substantially over the course of its existence and must continue to do so if it is to survive…The section on church-state relations is well researched, offering valuable insights into the contemporary American political landscape. And though he’s not a theologian, the author has obviously read in-depth exegetical work, and he presents solid and intelligent interpretations of Scripture to buoy his theses.” Publishers Weekly
“In response to those who fear changes that Pope Francis may bring to the Catholic Church, historian Wills demonstrates here that change has been ongoing in the institution despite its reputation for immutability and that the church’s survival has resulted from adapting to the world around it…Highly recommended for all interested in a fact-based study of the church’s evolution.” Library Journal
“The specter of change looms over the Roman Catholic Church, an institution often represented as utterly inalterable…Wills writes accessibly but without a breath of condescension…The whole rings clear as a silver bell.” Booklist

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Reviews

by Ninjacorn 9 9/13/2017
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“Psst…Hey, Pope, Your Fly is Down”

Author Garry Wills accomplishes a real breakthrough here: He makes discussion of the Catholic religion interesting, relevant, and dramatic. What’s next? Turning the moon into cheese? If only the church itself would embrace Wills’ thoughtfulness, transparency, and commitment to the truth. Future of the Catholic Church is, at sometimes, damning—especially when it comes to the failures of the behemoth institution to police its own. But one thing was for sure as I listened. Garry Wills truly believes the only way to save the Catholic church may be for it to evolve. What that means for the millions of people involved in it, especially the pope, is quite intriguing and makes for great listening. For so long the Catholic Church has had a black glob of spinach between its glowing white teeth, and everyone at supper has looked the other way. Wills pulls a chair up to the dinner table and says the hard things you’d expect from a real friend. The Catholic Church should listen to him; fake friends blow.

Author

Author Bio: Garry Wills

Author Bio: Garry Wills

Garry Wills is a historian and the author of the New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant, Papal Sin, Why I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests?, among others. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and other publications, Wills is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 8.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English