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Author: John L. Allen Jr.
ISBN: 0385513208
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Pages 249 pages
Publisher Doubleday Religion; 1st edition (June 7, 2005)
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by John L. Allen Jr.


When Pope Benedict XVI walked onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on April 19, it was . Now we have The Rise of Benedict XVI, a book on the election of John Cardinal Ratzinger to the Chair of St. Peter.

When Pope Benedict XVI walked onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica on April 19, it was the first time that many people had ever heard of him. But for the last 24 years, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was a celebrity in Catholic circles, widely known for his intellectual prowess and his role as the Vatican's notorious defender of the faith. Coming mere months after the events it describes, timing again becomes a strength and a weakness of Mr. Allen's work.

John L Allen, Jr. is a correspondent for the National Catholic Report and Vatican analyst for CNN and National Public Radio. With the death of Pope John Paul II, a new pope was needed

John L Allen, Jr. He draws on his interviews and experience in reporting on the Catholic Church to tell the story of how Joe Ratzinger was elected to the papacy in April 2005 and became Pope Benedict XVI. I chose to read this book because of my desire to try to learn more about our current pope. With the death of Pope John Paul II, a new pope was needed. Cardinal Ratzinger was elected and choose the name of Benedict XVI. Written before his resignation a few years later, the book attempts to predict the direction the Catholic Church will take.

No one can tell the story of exactly what took place during the closed doors .

Benedict XVI would certainly have a major impact on the lives of the faithful around the world, and John Allen’s riveting new book is the definitive work on this turning point in history.

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How and why was Pope Benedict XVI elected? And what will his impact be on the Catholic faith and the world? Vatican correspondent John L. Allen draws on his unparalleled knowledge to give the full inside story of the Church's new leadership. Published by Thriftbooks.

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Allen is also the author of several books about the Catholic Church

Allen is also the author of several books about the Catholic Church. He has written two biographies of Pope Benedict XVI, the first one published in 2000 when the Pope was still a cardinal and later the first biography of him in English.

John Allen’s book The Rise of Benedict XVI gives a solid background to the life of this eminent theologian turned .

John Allen’s book The Rise of Benedict XVI gives a solid background to the life of this eminent theologian turned pope. As the subtitle of the book says, it gives The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church. In his first general audience, on April 27, the pope said of St. Benedict: He constitutes a fundamental point of reference for the unity of Europe, and a powerful call to the irrefutable Christian roots of European culture and civilization (p. 169). Europe faces a grave threat from radical Islamic forces.

Journalist John Allen has a book about the new pope, The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected . The Inside Story of How the Pope was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church.

Journalist John Allen has a book about the new pope, The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected, and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Independent Booksellers.

From the author of Conclave and All the Pope’s Men comes the story of Pope John Paul II’s last days, the behind-the-scenes dynamics within the College of Cardinals that led to the choice of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, and where the new pope is likely to lead the Catholic Church. On April 18, 2005, the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church gathered to elect a successor to Pope John Paul II. Faced with several potential candidates, the cardinals made a bold choice, entrusting the Keys of the Kingdom to 78-year-old Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, a man whose views on the challenges facing the Church and the broader culture could not be more unambiguous, or controversial. Questions arose as the world watched while Ratzinger was installed as Pope Benedict XVI, the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church. Why Ratzinger? Why someone so clearly identified with the previous pope? Why not a “compromise” choice? Why a Cardinal from Western Europe and not from Africa or Latin America? What would this mean for the future of the Catholic Church? No one can tell the story of exactly what took place during the closed doors meeting, known as the conclave, when Cardinals from around the world cast their votes for the next pope, better than John L. Allen, Jr. As a correspondent for National Catholic Reporter and a Vatican analyst for CNN and National Public Radio, Allen has spent years covering Vatican politics and personalities, and his unique access to Roman halls of power has enabled him to write the ultimate behind-the-scenes account of the election of Pope Benedict XVI. The Rise of Benedict XVI is based on extensive research and exclusive interviews with eight cardinals representing five nationalities, guaranteeing readers an intimate glimpse into this monumental decision.But Allen’s insight also means that he is in a unique position to evaluate the accomplishments and legacy of the man now known as Pope Benedict XVI, and to provide some analysis of the direction he will take the Catholic Church in the coming years. Ratzinger’s long career as a major Vatican insider, force of influence, and occasionally polarizing figure, has ensured that his pontificate will be one of the most fascinating in the history of the Catholic Church. Benedict XVI will certainly have a major impact on the lives of the faithful around the world, and John Allen’s riveting new book is the definitive work on this turning point in history.
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I bought a cheap copy of this book after seeing it on a friend's shelf. I have great respect for John Allen as a journalist. He is one of a handful of journalists (Stuart Taylor is another who comes to mind) who really work hard to get the story right. The book is divided into three parts. First, is a section dealing with the decline and death -- the last days -- of Pope John Paul II. The second deals with the lead up to and the actual conclave. The third gives a short biography of Benedict and predictions for the future. The first two sections are by far the strongest. The third has some weaknesses, partly because this papacy is five years old.

The background on the run up to the conclave and the actual internal deliberations is very interesting. It is fascinating to see how Cardinal Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, something he didn't expect and most certainly did not want. The central themes behind his election are these: 1) Cardinal Ratzinger was a very known commodity and a well-liked one. The Cardinal-electors had met with him over dozens of years on their visits to Rome and despite the many negative portrayals of Ratzinger in the press, he was always someone who listened and had done his homework; 2) Ratzinger was a man among boys in the College of Cardinals. That is not to say there aren't other smart or good men among the Cardinals, but Ratzinger's intellect towered above the rest of the group; 3) Ratzinger handled the pre-conclave period with incredible grace; he was available and listened to his brother cardinals, he showed incredible understanding and interest in the problems faced by others, especially those in the global south; 4) Ratzinger's age was actually a help, rather than a hindrance; the cardinals didn't want a long 20+ year pontificate to follow JPII's lengthy reign; 5)Ratzinger has considerable skills and gifts to face what many of the cardinals think is the greatest challenge to the Church now, namely the secularism of the West.

As for the third part, it is surprising how many of Allen's predictions seem to be occurring, though the hoped for reform of the Curia is taking a different tack and pace from which Allen and others would have anticipated.

My one complaint about the book is that Allen, while having gotten better at this, still employs too easily political categories to describe realities in the Church. Partly, this is because he knows his readers use these categories to think these things through, but I think it also reflects some of the old-John Allen tendencies (see [...]). Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book though it might be better to check it out at the library or buy it used because it is dated.
Aria
Mr. Allen's book, Conclave, is an insightful look into how the Catholic Church chooses its pope. The weakness of Conclave is that it was written some years before the death of Pope John Paul so that some of its predictions & conclusions are a little dated, though its descriptions of the process remain useful. Now we have The Rise of Benedict XVI, a book on the election of John Cardinal Ratzinger to the Chair of St. Peter. Coming mere months after the events it describes, timing again becomes a strength and a weakness of Mr. Allen's work.

In many ways, this book is a sequel to Conclave. It glosses over the procedures of conclave, which Mr. Allen covered in more detail in his earlier book, but he is more specific in this volume as to who actually did what as the events unfolded. He has also updated his discussion of many of the issues that face the Church; most notably in his presentation of the child abuse scandal that has rocked the Church in the past few years.

In essence, this book is a history of the Vatican in the first six months of 2005. Clearly an insider, Mr. Allen offers a detailed view of why Cardinal Ratzinger was chosen as the new pope. He gives a decent, if not terribly in depth, biography of Ratzinger and gives a fair discussion of the challenges that await Benedict XVI. Best of all, he takes a balanced view of this watchdog of Catholic theology. Many progressive Catholics are worried about where Benedict may lead the Church. Mr. Allen acknowledges this but reminds us of an important point: it is impossible to predict how anyone will ultimately react to sitting in the big chair. We need to be patient an open-minded.

We need to be the same with this book, which was obviously assembled in haste and impatience. It's a bit repetitive in spots, probably from a lack of time for serious editing. And the lack of an index is an obvious flaw. Still, as a snapshot of the moment, it is impressive. It will be interesting to look back at this book at the end of Benedict's reign and see how well Mr. Allen foresaw things.