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Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy

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At the dawn of the Third Millennium, Peter de Rosa's international bestseller is the dramatic and terrible story of the papal abuse of power in the first two thousand years.
Paperback, 676 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Corgi (first published 1988)
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Oct 06, 2011 Wayne marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"A Binful of Garbage" was the review of this 1988 publication given by the British Jesuit, Philip Caraman. No wonder when the book's subtitle is "The Dark Side of the Papacy."

I was also taken with the book's dedication:

Humbly and with Penitence
All the Victims of the Holocaust

It would seem the author, Peter de Rosa, himself an ex-Jesuit,
has done what my novice-master had warned us against in 1965:
"It's a dirty bird that dirties its own nest."

Whistleblowers have never been popular and for an
De Rosa sets out to chart the dark history of the papacy across the estimated 263 incumbents of the papal throne up to and including John Paul II. He attempts to clear those fallacies held true, such as the fact that St Peter never held the title of Bishop of Rome, only being invested with it centuries after he died. Imprisoned as a foreigner espousing a dangerous sect, Peter was finally brought out of confinement to be executed in the persecution of the Christians blamed by Nero for the fire of ...more
Peter de Rosa was a Jesuit theologian who wrote one of the most devastating critiques of Roman Catholicism I've ever read... It's also a very compelling read -- not difficult to force through, except for the sense of disillusionment and outrage...
Papal infallibility is highly questionable in the light of popes behaving badly with intrigue and forgery.
really one of the best books I've read about the papacy,and that's including E.R. Chamberlain's "The Bad Popes" and Gary Willis's "Papal Sin." The most interesting stuff in the book is probably anecdotal, and spurious, but it's incredibly entertaining, and enlightening, nonetheless.
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Feb 21, 2012 Rock Angel marked it as to-read
i was looking for a book by Peter de Rosa that mentions how Pope Innocent VIII got blood from 3 ten-yr-old boys on his death bed, apparently this acct answered my que:
A book to bring out when Catholics start arguing the validity of apostolic succession.
Totally gripping and salacious, bound to offend all good Catholics.
I've read the dutch translation
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