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More filters. Sort order. Feb 20, Richard rated it really liked it Shelves: You have no idea how hard it is to find a bio of any Pope that isn't fawning hagiography. Good news, this one isn't, though the author finds little to criticize. Pope Francis nee Jorge Bergoglio may be saintly, but he's no stranger to controversy, most notably reports of collaboration with the Argentine dictatorship.
I'm happy to say that Mr. Ivereigh does a good job of laying that controversy to rest. And he does a good job of biography with background, facts, motivations, and modus operandi.
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An You have no idea how hard it is to find a bio of any Pope that isn't fawning hagiography. And though Francis may be saintly, he's no stranger to power politics - you can't become a high ranking prelate anywhere without understanding and navigating the secular forces that tend to push civic morality to limits, and you certainly don't become Pope without having weathered the storms of local, national, and international ecclesiastical politics.
That being said, it appears that Pope Francis has managed to maintain a highly functioning and accurate moral compass while traversing the secular and sacred seas, and will hold onto it while navigating the Holy See. Radical does not mean revolutionary. We're warned not to expect huge changes in the Catholic Church's dogma, but to be prepared for a deep commitment to the poor, and a reign that will "comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. View 1 comment. Mar 09, Lon rated it liked it. I'm sure I'm not the only non-Catholic to have developed a serious man-crush on Pope Francis, and I have been keen to read a biography on this charismatic champion of the downtrodden, whose pontificate has reinvigorated 1.
This is the first book-length treatment of the Argentine Jesuit-turned Pope I've read and, though I found m I'm sure I'm not the only non-Catholic to have developed a serious man-crush on Pope Francis, and I have been keen to read a biography on this charismatic champion of the downtrodden, whose pontificate has reinvigorated 1. This is the first book-length treatment of the Argentine Jesuit-turned Pope I've read and, though I found myself predictably spell-bound by its subject, I was disappointed by the biography itself. The narrative structure was interrupted frequently by leaps from past to present.
It was narrative whiplash.
And the story-telling itself did nothing to enliven key events. It's hard to say, also, if the biographer was a dispassionate presenter, lacking as I do, any knowledge of any Bergoglian warts. Criticisms that Bergoglio inevitably faced in his various leadership capacities were often presented somewhat dismissively, or at least in ways that softened their edge. In general, the tone was more sympathetic than journalistic--but certainly fell short of being hagiographical. In fact, after finishing the biography, I find that, though my admiration for Francis had not diminished, my appreciation had been complicated: Francis' positions are more nuanced than the media have reported--and the liberals most endeared by Francis' progressive and pastoral approach will find themselves squirming here and there when the Pope's positions don't all map as perfectly onto their own as they they might have assumed.
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More than a few times, I was aware that I was an outsider, unfamiliar with the ecclesiastical terminology that must be second hand to Catholics. If anyone has suggestions for a biography on Pope Francis that I might enjoy more, please let me know in the comments. Aug 17, Roger Smitter rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anyone interested in leadership development.
Reading The Great Reformer is a challenge…but a rewarding one. We are introduced to the life of the current Pope and in the process learn a lot about Argentina politics, Church politics, and the leadership. We get an insight to the childhood years of the new Pope that reveal a tendency for understanding big issues and understanding religious faith. We also pick up a few insights into the politics of Argentin Reading The Great Reformer is a challenge…but a rewarding one.
The most profound section of the bio is how Francis comes to understand the process of social change. He learns that change always comes from the periphery of society. We also learn that we have lived in a time of enormous change in the Catholic Church. At the same time, Catholics and non-Catholics can gain insights into leadership from the bio. Nevertheless, most of the time spent on this biography will be well worth the effort. Apr 21, Lisa Miller rated it it was amazing Shelves: spiritual.
Though this book was a bit heavy with history and political information it was worth the read. I really liked the quote about how Pope Francis' " overall effect has been to restore the church as an admirable and lovable presence on the world stage". And it's interesting View 2 comments. Oct 30, Angie Reisetter rated it really liked it Shelves: firstreads. The last 50 years of Argentinian history are somewhere in my peripheral memory.
I had the outlines, but not details. This book is rich in Argentinian history, and especially the role that the Catholic church in general and Bergoglio in particular played in it. The author blog says that he has his Ph. The storyline is clear and I learned a great deal. The author is Catholic, and is clearly a fan of P The last 50 years of Argentinian history are somewhere in my peripheral memory.
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The author is Catholic, and is clearly a fan of Pope Francis. This biography is clearly heavily biased toward its subject.
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But that isn't such a bad thing. He's open about it. It makes his claims that those who don't like Bergoglio were just jealous of his popularity, integrity, and humility a little suspect. There's probably another side to the story. But frankly, I can imagine the other side, and it's not that important to the story of the culture and life story from which Pope Frances has come.
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He has lived a life consistently focused on assisting the poorest of the poor and living the love of Christ. I'm not Christian, but I'm very interested in religion, and the story of Bergoglio's life is told in a very relate-able, understandable way for people of any faith. When I was halfway through this book, someone asked me what the difference in theology is between this pope and the previous one. I couldn't tell them, except that the action brought about by Francis' faith focuses on social justice.
This book is not full of arguments quoting the gospels. It's not an argument that change is needed in the Church or what the Church has done wrong in the last several years. It just focuses on Pope Frances and the Argentina he hails from.
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