Benedict Up Close

The Inside Story of Eight Dramatic Years

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Widely recognized as one of the most talented and respected journalists in Rome, Paul Badde offers here a unique glimpse into the drama of Pope Benedict’s pontificate. He doesn’t simply capture the various reasons for which Benedict XVI will go down in history, Badde chronicles the almost superhuman struggle against overwhelming hostilities that formed against this shy and exceedingly kind man.

With fascinating vignettes back into history, you’ll learn how Pope Benedict’s experiences in a totalitarian Germany impacted the papacy and the Church, and how this son of a policeman became the “Thomas Aquinas of our time” — one of the most brilliant and accomplished minds on the globe.

Leaning on his own personal conversations with Pope Benedict as well as his extensive interviews with those within the Holy Father’s inner circle, Badde explains how Pope Benedict dealt with the blows and calumnies that rained down on him during those tempestuous eight years. You’ll come to a deeper appreciation of Pope Benedict’s goodness and holiness, and you’ll understand why only he could have steered the ship of the Church during the storms of our time.

With Paul Badde, you’ll have a close-up view of Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate as you learn:

  • Why he removed “Patriarch of the West” from the pope’s list of titles
  • What led the pope’s valet – one the few people who had unfettered access to the pope – to betray his secrets
  • Why he included the scallop shell on his coat of arms
  • Why he had such a strong devotion to the Face of Jesus
  • What he was really trying to say in his Regensburg Address that infuriated Muslims throughout the world
  • Why his visit to Turkey, despite threats from Al Qaeda, was so important
  • The bold way in which he reintroduced the Latin Mass
  • His answer to the visible disagreements between books of the Bible
  • Why he chose Benedict XVI as his name
  • An inside look at his schedule and how he approaches his writings
  • Why he chose to resign on the Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes
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  • Pages: 208
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-68278-038-1
  • Product Code: Q80381
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... a belated follow-up to that long complaint below. I overstated my case there and I apologize to Sophia Press, a great Catholic publisher. I would certainly count them among the very best and I know that there can always be editorial slip-ups at times. I made it sound like this is a frequent occurrence, but I've read dozens of Sophia titles and the vast majority are excellent.
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Correction below "three years before entering seminary", not "ordination"
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I like Paul Badde. His "The Face of God" is tremendous - he's a great journalist. His love for Pope Benedict shines through (as far as I read), and he knows how to write. Somewhere around the second chapter or so, he starts complaining about Pope Benedict's statement on restricting homosexual men for the priesthood. Mr. Badde thinks it's too much to expect a man to be celibate from homosexual activity for 3 years before ordination - and he is a bit outraged that gays are asks this and not heterosexual men. (We're really going to ordain a guy to the sacred priesthood who was having sex with men just a few years before his "calling"?) I found this absurd and simply a non-Catholic view. Albeit, it is a "normal" view in today's culture. But Pope Benedict's statement was actually liberalizing - and Badde still had a problem with it. The teaching should be that virginity is the ideal for priesthood, and men with homosexual tendencies should not be candidates at all. Period. End of story. Homosexuality is a "disorder" in the mind, where the man does not understand what a man is, what sexuality is and what his own direction should be as a man (and he's confused about women, therefore also). The priest must guide men and women - the Holy See has known the homosexuals cannot properly guide at that high level of a role in the Church. Now they've decided to adjust this and permit men with homosexual tendencies (and guys who actually have acted out these tendencies). In any case, I'm not going to read the opinions of a guy (Mr. Badde) who cannot figure out the massive and significant difference between heterosexual men and homosexual (as he makes an equivalency). I was surprised that EWTN and Sophia didn't have a problem with that chapter. Most readers will absorb it unthinkingly - given 60% of Catholics support "gay marriage" it's no wonder. Our culture has warped our Catholic integrity. I was sitting by the fire a cold winter evening, reading this book. Oops - it happened to slip out of my fingers. It did give me a very nice, warm glow - at least for a few minutes there. After years and years of buying Sophia books (and having many that ended in somewhat similar situations), this may have been last one. I'll look for traditional Catholic publishers and sorry that I can't count Sophia in that list.
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Insightful book about Pope Benedict XVI
A beautiful, touching, and insightful collection of articles and reminiscences about Pope Benedict XVI filled with fascinating details about important events in his pontificate - beyond what I had previously read in the press. One comes away with a greater love, appreciation, and understanding of Benedict XVI. Wonderful book!
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Concise History of an Amazing Papacy
Mr. Badde certainly cares about his subject matter. He is a wonderful journalist. His reporting on Pope Benedict's Papacy is wonderful. This is a terrific history of eight amazing years and an amazing Pope.
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