The Vatican Diaries

The Vatican Diaries

A Behind-the-scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church

Book - 2013
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Presents a behind-the-scenes perspective on the Vatican's inner workings that challenges popular perceptions, revealing the personal conflicts, authority-undermining scandals, and modern considerations that are challenging the Vatican's daily business.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2013
ISBN: 9780670026715
0670026719
Branch Call Number: 262.136 THAVIS
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 24 cm

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WPL3
Mar 11, 2019

Surprisingly good! I checked the book out on one of those days I just couldn’t find anything ‘interesting’. I wasn’t expecting to like the book but ended up listening to some sections twice.

Informative, clearly written, surprisingly intimate and funny. I started looking for the author’s other works minutes after finishing this. Wonderfully narrated.

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BlueHippo
Jul 06, 2018

Iejoyed this book verymcuh. A rare glimpse at what went on “behind the curtain” as the Vatican attempted to deal with the priestly sex-abuse scandal and the money problems that became obvious toward the end of Pope Benedict’s reign. It was written in 2013 and was published before Benedict retired and Francis was elected Pope, so there is nothing about that decisions on the part of Benedict or the thinking of the Cardinals who elected Francis. I think the book probably portrays a pretty honest look at the subjects it takes on, but I think the author is a little apologetic for Benedict.

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ClaireM_W
Jun 25, 2013

Great writing. Full of juicy gossip about the powerful old boys' club.

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SEBoiko
Jul 31, 2013

No bellsino pope.

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