By George Weigel
George Weigel's bestselling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, set the traditional during which all images of the fashionable papacy are actually measured. With God's Choice, he offers us a unprecedented chronicle of the increase of Pope Benedict XVI in addition to an unflinching view of the Catholic Church on the sunrise of a brand new era.
When John Paul II lapsed into affliction for the final time, humans flocked from around the globe to wish outdoor his condo. He had develop into a father determine to hundreds of thousands in a global bereft of robust paternal examples, and people hundreds of thousands now felt orphaned. After greater than twenty-six years of John Paul II's tips, the Catholic Church is getting into a brand new age, with its bedrock traditions intact yet with urgent inquiries to tackle in a quickly altering global. starting with the tale of John Paul's ultimate months, God's Choice deals a notable inside of account of the conclave that produced Benedict XVI because the subsequent pope, drawing on George Weigel's unmatched entry to this advanced event.
Weigel additionally incisively surveys the present country of the Church world wide: its thriving populations in Africa, Latin the US, and elements of the post-communist global; its cave in in western Europe; its endured struggles in Asia; and the vibrancy of many elements of Catholic lifestyles within the usa, whilst the Church in the US struggles to beat its fresh event of scandal.
Reflecting on John Paul II's greatness, drawing on firsthand interviews to color an intimate portrait of the recent Pope, and boldly assessing the Church's present situation, God's Choice is a useful e-book for somebody trying to comprehend the Catholic destiny and the bigger human destiny the Church can assist to shape.
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Often remarked, Redemptor Hominis provided the “program notes” for the entire pontiﬁcate. As such, and in its own right as an exploration of what it means to be a human being in full, it will be read with interest long into the future. 28 GOD’S CHOICE Dives in Misericordia [Rich in Mercy], the 1980 encyclical on God the Father inspired in part by Sister Faustina Kowalska and her visions of the divine mercy, was the second panel of John Paul’s trinitarian triptych of encyclicals, which he completed with the dense and challenging 1986 letter, Dominum et Viviﬁcantem [Lord and Giver of Life], on the Holy Spirit.
That is a shame, for Redemptoris Missio may be one of John Paul’s most consequential documents, with its description of the Church as a mission and its identiﬁcation of the Areopagi, the Mars Hills, of contemporary culture as fertile ﬁelds for evangelization. Ut Unum Sint [That They May Be One], the 1995 encyclical on The Church That John Paul II Left Behind 29 Christian unity (and the ﬁrst encyclical ever devoted to that topic), could help invigorate the ecumenical movement in the 21st century.
Each and every human person has been created in the “image and likeness” of the One who is the origin of all that is. We have within us the capacities for wisdom and virtue. With these gifts, and with the help of God’s grace, we can build in the next century and the next millennium a civilization worthy of the human person, a true culture of freedom . . 10 And with that, it might be said, the transition from Pope Pius IX and the last item in his Syllabus of Errors—which condemned the proposition that “the Roman Pontiff can and should reconcile himself to and agree with progress, liberalism, and modern civilization”—was complete.
God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church by George Weigel