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The Fisherman's Net: The Influence of the Popes on History (Hidden Spring) [Paperback]

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Item description for The Fisherman's Net: The Influence of the Popes on History (Hidden Spring) by Michael Collins...

The papacy is the oldest non-hereditary monarchy in the world. Over its two thousand years history, it has influenced the lives of billions of people, Christian and non-Christian. The influence of the papacy has by no means been limited to the religious sphere, however. Popes have been directly involved in setting up the Holy Roman Empire, the demise of paganism and global politics. As patrons of the arts, popes have commissioned some of the finest masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. In the area of politics, Pope Alexander VI divided the map of the newly discovered territories of the Americas in the late 15th century. In the area of temporal calculation, a sixth-century pope changed the global calander and in the 16th century, Pope Gregory XII reformed the calendar of Julius Caesar. From the earliest forays of the Muslim world westwards, the popes have launched crusades to stop their advance. Most recently, Pope John Paul II, in his 25-year pontificate, has raised the profile of the papacy immeasurably. Finally, THE FISHERMAN'S NET brings the story up to date with a chapter on the new pope, Benedict XVI.

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Studio: Hidden Spring
Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Paulist Press
Series  Hidden Spring  
ISBN  1587680335  
ISBN13  9781587680335  

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Mediocre  Jan 17, 2007
The book is easy to read, and somewhat educational, but it seems to me that the author (a priest) is somewhat anti-papal and almost Protestant in his view of the papacy. Firstly he focuses mostly on the bizarre and wordly actions of the popes (if they had any) and doesn't focus too much on ecclesiastical doings and teachings. If anything bad can be said about a pope, the author will say it. This paints the picture that the popes between 600 and 1860 did nothing but purchase, politik, and party. The author also selectively chooses information to make the popes look bad. He will only tell one side of a story and not give a balanced viewpoint of history.

Several things that disturbed me:

(1) He mentioned the slave trade (enslaving South American natives and Africans) several times and writes as if the Pope did nothing to stop it. The facts don't show this as the Popes were condemning enslaving people almost as soon as it started in the new world and colonial Africa.

(2) He complains about the Popes calling crusades even though he acknowledges the constant aggresive behavior of the Muslim invaders in North Africa, Spain, and Eastern Europe.

(3) He says that Pope Clement XII condemned freemasonry because it preached secrecy and religious toleration. This is quite a ridiculous half-truth. He's leaving out the fact that freemasonry is a revolutionary pagan cult that teaches that all religions are equal (except the Catholic--that one is not at all equal).

(4) The author paints the picture that Martin Luther never uttered a heresy and never acted rashly, rather it was the popes who mistreated him and rashly condemned his teachings. The opposite is true.

(5) The author insinuates that Pope Gregory XIII was most enthused after thousands of French Protestants were massacred, when the truth is that the Pope had no idea that civilians were massacred and was under the impression that armed rebels were defeated in battle. The Pope, when he learned the truth, was much disturbed by the bloodshed.

I could go on. I'm not even an academic and yet I caught all these half-truths. I cannot at all recommend this book: far too many inaccuracies and jaded tales.
What an extraordinary tale.  Aug 17, 2005
The Fisherman's Net brings back images of Antony Quinn in the Shoes of the Fisherman. This book is not however, a novel. It is a quirky overview of the papacy from the angle of its influence on most things except religion. Rather surprising but the author, Irish priest Fr. Michael Collins craftily weaves the story in and out of the Church's history. It is really the tale of saints and sinners. I enjoyed the book very much.It has a nice flow, but does not go too deep into the issues. A bit like Thomas Cahill's book How The Irish Saved Civilization. This is a cracking good read, although it seems to leave out more than it puts in. Maybe that was the editors choice. HOwever, it really made me think a lot about the papacy, especially after reading the Da Vinci Code.

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