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Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  78 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
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
Aug 14, 2015 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mid 3. 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 ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Mitchell rated it it was amazing
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...
سليمان الرواحي
Feb 13, 2016 سليمان الرواحي rated it really liked it
كتاب ممتع وشيق يسرد لك تاريخ الكنيسة الاسود منذ تأسيسها حتى العصر الحالي .
يناقش قضايا عديدة مثل 1- بدعة عصمة البابا
الخطيئة الاصلية
الزواج والعزوبة
صكوك الغفران
محاكم التفتيش
الحرق والتكفير والقتل ...
.... الى غيرها الكثر الكثير
ما يلاحظ على الكتاب تهميشه او إقصائه جرائم الكنيسة ضد المسلمين من أمثال الحروب الصليبية وجرائمهم ضد مسلمي الاندلس بالاضافة الى جرائمهم في شرقي آسيا كالهند والدول المجاورة لها وجرائمهم في قارة أميركا مع الشعوب الاصلية .
Jun 27, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Papal infallibility is highly questionable in the light of popes behaving badly with intrigue and forgery.
Mar 15, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing
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:
Mar 26, 2008 Anthony rated it really liked it
A book to bring out when Catholics start arguing the validity of apostolic succession.
Dec 17, 2013 Clare rated it really liked it
Totally gripping and salacious, bound to offend all good Catholics.
Dec 09, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it
I've read the dutch translation
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De Rosa is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, focusing on Catholic and Irish history. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1956 but left the priesthood in 1970, after which he became a Staff Producer for the BBC and then a full-time writer. After living for thirty years in County Wicklow, Ireland, Peter now lives in Bournemouth, England.
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