Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit


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From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills comes an assured, acutely insightful, and occasionally stinging critique of the Catholic Church and its hierarchy from the 19th century to the present. Wills describes a papacy that seems steadfastly unwilling to face the truth about itself but also reminds the reader of the positive potential of the Church.

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Mar 22, 2012

Papal Sin

Garry Wills, ex-SJ is a damn good historian not only of early Christianity but of several other areas. This book was received with controversy and Wills was accused of "heresy" (In the final years of the 20th Century, mind you) because he laid out the historical facts surrounding the corruption and misdeed during the early papacy. Many main-stream Catholics don't want our dirty linen exposed and Wills has honestly and forthrightly done so. This is an excellent book, well researched and superbly written by a man of conscious and great intelligence.

Victoria A

Sep 18, 2010


This book covers the reasons behind a lot of teachings that have very little to do with faith and quite a lot to do with politics. While it does not weaken my faith in the church(which is the people) it clarifies the human error rampant in the hierarchy.

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