Newsletter   Secure Checkout   View Cart (0 items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church [Paperback]

By Thomas J. Reese (Author)
Our Price $ 18.20  
Retail Value $ 26.00  
You Save $ 7.80  (30%)  
Item Number 153460  
Buy New $18.20
Quantity:
Out Of Stock!
Currently Out Of Stock
Currently unavailable...

Item description for Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church by Thomas J. Reese...

Overview
There are one billion Catholics in the world today, spread over every continent, speaking almost every conceivable language, and all answering to a single authority: the Vatican. Popes come and go, but the elaborate and complex bureaucracy called the Vatican lives on. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with Vatican officials, this book affords a firsthand look at the people, the politics, and the organization behind the institution. 8 line illustrations.

Publishers Description

There are one billion Catholics in the world today, spread over every continent, speaking almost every conceivable language, and all answering to a single authority. The Vatican is a unique international organization, both in terms of its extraordinary power and influence, and in terms of its endurance. Popes come and go, but the elaborate and complex bureaucracy called the Vatican lives on. For centuries, it has served and sometimes undermined popes; it has been praised and blamed for the actions of the pope and for the state of the church. Yet an objective examination of the workings of the Vatican has been unavailable until now.

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. Reese brings remarkable clarity to the almost Byzantine bureaucracy of congregations, agencies, secretariats, tribunals, nunciature, and offices, showing how they serve the pope and, through him, the universal church. He gives a lively account of how popes are elected and bishops appointed, how dissident theologians are disciplined and civil authorities dealt with. Throughout, revealing and colorful anecdotes from church history and the present day bring the unique culture of the Vatican to life.

The Vatican is a fascinating institution, a model of continuity and adaptation, which remains constant while functioning powerfully in a changing world. As never before, this book provides a clear, objective perspective on how the enormously complex institution surrounding the papacy operates on a day-to-day level, how it has adapted and endured for close to two thousand years, and how it is likely to face the challenges of the next millennium.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church by Thomas J. Reese has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 119
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 90


Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at promiseangels.com!

Item Specifications...


Studio: Harvard University Press
Pages   322
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 19, 1998
Publisher   Harvard University Press
ISBN  0674932617  
ISBN13  9780674932616  


Availability  0 units.


More About Thomas J. Reese


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Thomas J. Reese has an academic affiliation as follows - Maryland Province Society of Jesus.

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.



Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > History > Europe > Vatican
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Catholicism
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > Leadership
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > Church History
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Clergy > Church Institutions & Organizations



Similar Products



Reviews - What do customers think about Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church?

Unbiased  Dec 31, 2007
WHITE LIGHT DARK NIGHT: THE REVOLUTIONARY LIFE OF JOHN PAUL I

Rarely have I seen a book written about the Vatican which is as unbiased as this one. I thoroughly recommend it. Although one has to go through quite a bit of detail and draw ones own conclusions, it is well worth the read.
 
Not the salt that preserves  Nov 23, 2005
Beware Fr. Reese SJ's unconventional opinions and you will not be misguided by unorthodox Catholic thought. He is a very political character himself and colors his statements. His recent attack on limits placed by Pope Benedict against practicing gays entering the priesthood betray an extreme bias. He contends pedophilia the problem although the vast majority of abuse cases were against adolescent boys, not young children -- just as example of his penchant for being loose with facts.
 
Scary but true.  Dec 31, 2004
Once you know what goes on Inside the Vatican, as a Catholic, you may want to get out.

Methodist anyone?
 
Ever wonder what it'd be like to be a Vatican bureaucrat?  Apr 28, 2004
Thomas Reese, Jesuit professor and journalist, has carved a very narrow niche for himself as an author, explaining the organizational mechanics of the Catholic church. Most people would find his books to have far too much detail, but there are a few, like me, who are curious about what really happens behind the closed doors of the Catholic administrative apparatus. His 1989 book, "Archbishop," described how dioceses are run, and "Inside the Vatican" describes how the Vatican functions. What decisions do cardinals actually make? What is it like to be a Vatican ambassador to a foreign country? What is it like to have a career as a Vatican bureaucrat? (One tidbit: No air conditioning!)

If these are things you've wondered about, this is the book for you. Reese approaches these things as though he were an anthropologist or a management consultant, with a keen eye for the nuances of interpersonal relationships within the Vatican bureaucracy. My only complaints are that the amount of detail can be overwhelming, and Reese sometimes gets bogged down in a wooden style of writing. It's best to start reading this book in the middle, because the beginning is rather dry. On the other hand, the anecdotes are a strong plus. To give one example, the story of John Paul II reprimanding the Archbishop of Denver to his face creates a mental image that is hard to forget.

The last chapter is the most provocative, where Reese suggests reforms that are both logical and unrealistic: He argues that Vatican administrators should not be allowed to become cardinals, which in papal elections would cause a monumental power shift toward those who are in closer touch with the laity. Reese suggests priests play a major role in selecting bishops, as was the case before the 1800s, in contrast to the current practice in which the pope appoints ultraconservative bishops who can't relate to anyone in their diocese.

According to Reese, the underlying problem is that the Vatican is more interested in doctrinal purity than keeping people in the church. Meanwhile the laity are voting with their feet, gravitating to pastors who ignore papal instructions, or leaving the church altogether.

 
A Balanced View  May 7, 2002
Reese has written a book that can be daunting to someone who may be looking for quick answers. The Vatican is such an arcane institution that it is impossible to give a short, comprehensive answer on the operation of the Curia. As a researcher, I found Reese's work immensely informative; it also provides some balance to the more sensational allegations of Luigi Marinelli, although I doubt that his work is to be discounted either. It shows an institution that is prone to the same errors of judgement and behaviour in its denizens as any other, but with a higher degree of moral rectitude expected from it. It is a fascinating excursion into one of the world's oldest surviving bureaucracies.
 

Write your own review about Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church



Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church


Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :



Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!



Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter


Resources
Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
Corporate
About Us
Contact Us
Policies
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy