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101 Questions & Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Responses to 101 Questions) [Paperback]

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Item description for 101 Questions & Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Responses to 101 Questions) by Dr Christopher M. Bellitto...

Tackles almost every question posed in April 2005 during the dying and death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Benedict XVI.

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Informative, intelligent, and readable, this book provides a quick resource to questions on all things papal for students, general readers, and the media.

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101 Questions & Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Responses to 101 Questions) by Dr Christopher M. Bellitto has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Commonweal - 03/13/2009 page 29
  • Library Journal - 07/15/2008 page 84

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Studio: Paulist Press
Pages   177
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.92" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.59 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Paulist Press
Series  Responses To 101 Questions  
ISBN  0809145162  
ISBN13  9780809145164  

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More About Dr Christopher M. Bellitto

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Christopher M. Bellitto, PhD, is associate professor of history at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. His articles have appeared in Catholic Historical Review, Church History, Cristianesimo nella storia, Revue d'histoire eccl siastique, America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, and other journals. Dr. Bellitto has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and The News Hour; on many radio stations; and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The International Herald Tribune among others.

Christopher M. Bellitto currently resides in Union, in the state of New York. Christopher M. Bellitto was born in 1965.

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View of the Papacy through the eyes of the Catholic Church  Feb 5, 2009
If you are reading this book from a Catholic perspective this book is the perfect book for you. If you are reading this book from an unbiased historical perspective, this is not the book for you. Both the questions and the answers are clearly from the Catholic theological point of view. I was personally hoping for a book that had unbiased factual information that did not slant too in favor of the Catholic church and one that did not slant too far the other way. This was an extremely disappointing book for me.

It should be said that if you are looking for answers about the Papacy from the Catholic fundamentalist point of view, pick up this book, this will be a wonderful read. This book does have a great deal of information about Pope John Paul II, which I found to be endearing at times. Again, this book may or may not be for you, if you are looking for a historical perspective, pick up something else.
Careful, careful  Nov 24, 2008
I am as interested in the facts provided by this fine book on the papacy as in its point of view. The facts, as provided by Chris Bellitto's answers about the papacy, are historical and accurate. The spin, on the other hand, is exactly what one would expect from a historian of integrity who happens to teach at a Catholic college -- careful and unlikely to tread the toes of his sponsors. Take the author's answer as to whether Peter was the first pope. Uncritical and fundie Catholics would give a resounding "Yes!" to the question, citing Jesus's famous granting of the keys to Peter in Matthew 16:19. Writers antithetical to the church or the unitary papacy would give a strong "No!" citing the lack of church offices--especially ordained ones-- in the early church. Bellitto the Catholic teacher gives us a "yes" while his historian self gives us "but not the way we think of it now." While this equivocal answer may please some, I found it a little disingenuous. Why maintain the fiction of Peter's papacy when one can retain Peter's primacy without opposing history and scripture to boot?

If you love good history, but choose not to stray beyond the framework wrought by Catholics to defend their view of the papacy, then "101 Questions" will be a satisfying read.
Just what I was looking for  Aug 27, 2008
My curiosity about the Papacy is limited. The 101 Questions & Answers allowed me zero in on my area of interest without having to wade through all 150 pages. The answers I read were concise and as far as I can judge; objective

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