Pope Benedict made history by being the first Pope in over a thousand years to resign from office.
The Catholic Church the world over was stunned. Faced with the internecine warfare in the Vatican, by accusations of corruption in the Church and by a seemingly endless series of clerical sex scandals he decided that the resolution of all these problems was outside his power for a man of his age. In this most touching and revealing book, the author speaks with disarming honesty and humility of his inner life, his life of prayer and his firm belief in God.
But he also addresses all the causes celebres which impacted his pontificate, including the Vatileaks scandal, readmitting a holocaust denier to full communion with the Church, his arguably misunderstood Regensburg speech which upset Muslims, his childhood in Nazi Germany. On a more personal level he writes with great warmth of his successor Pope Francis and writes beautifully of his love of Mozart. This book comes as a final and fitting sequel to his previous works on Jesus of Nazareth.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 03/11/2016
- Category: Autobiography: religious & spiritual
- ISBN: 9781472944672