Im Inneren des Vatikan : Politik und Organisation der katholischen Kirche

by Thomas J. Reese

Other authorsYvonne Badal (Translator)
Paperback, 2000



Call number

MG 69086 V3 R329



Frankfurt am Main: Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verl.


Drawing on more than a hundred interviews with Vatican officials, this book affords a firsthand look at the people, the politics, and the organization behind the institution. Thomas Reese brings remarkable clarity to the almost Byzantine bureaucracy of congregations, agencies, secretariats, tribunals, nunciatures, and offices, showing how they serve the pope and, through him, the universal church.

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LibraryThing member Oreillynsf
Wow, what a book. The author, a Jesuit priest, provides an incredibly detailed look into how the church is organized and how it functions. I think the most profound observation he asserts is that the Church operates on a millenial perspective. It takes years - decades - centuries - to evolve and
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change, and that is part of the reason for its longevity.

As someone who works in Internet media, I have long judged the church as inept and pokey in its inability to respond to news stories and changes in public opinion. But what the author posits, however indirectly, is that this slowness is a strength from the point of view of outliving idologies and people.

Kings rule and die, democracies blossom and perish, and there remains the church, a constant in a transitory world.

Read it and have your eyes opened.
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