Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit


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The modern Catholic Church is far removed from the medieval days when popes had huge personal fortunes, led armies and routinely had affairs and illegitimate children. Nevertheless, Garry Wills argues that the papacy is still far from holy and its sanctimonious rulings against marriage for priests, divorce, female priests and contraception are by and large ignored in Catholic churches around the world. Wills explores this discrepancy between the dishonesty' of the popes and the Church's truthtellers through the history of ...

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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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