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God's Choice CD: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church

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George Weigel's bestselling biography of Pope John Paul II, Witness to Hope, set the standard by which all portraits of the modern papacy are now measured. With God's Choice, he gives us an extraordinary chronicle of the rise of Pope Benedict XVI as well as an unflinching view of the Catholic Church at the dawn of a new era.

When John Paul II lapsed into illness for the las
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Sep 30, 2008 booklady rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all believers
Recommended to booklady by: Laine
Most of my favorite parts of this book are the quotes and descriptions of our current pontiff. Here are a few of them:

In 1974, Josef Pieper, the German philosopher who Cardinal Ratzinger had admired during his student days urged him to get in touch with Cardinal Wojtyla who had made such a deep impression on Pieper. Ratzinger and Wojtyla began exchanging books! ☺ (p. 178) A very propitious beginning to one of the most important friendships of the last century, don't you think?

In the post-WWII y
Aug 30, 2008 booklady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to booklady by: Laine Madole
If you are looking for a book which is all biography on Pope Benedict XVI -- as I was -- you won't find it in George Weigel's God's Choice. If on the other hand you've read Weigel's masterly Witness To Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, it's possible to see this book as its conclusion and transition to the new pontiff. At first, I confess I was a tad disappointed--not that I don't love JPII (I do!) but I bought and was reading this book looking for insight into his successor. But as I rea ...more
Oct 10, 2012 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book some years ago, closer to Pope Benedict's actual election, but only just got around to reading it. Eight years into Benedict's papacy, Weigel's book remains a valuable read. Weigel is a thorough, and thoroughly readable, historian. The first half or so of the book describes the state of the Church through John Paul II's papacy before it approaches the 2005 conclave itself. Weigel also includes a good, swift biography of Joseph Ratzinger prior to the conclave which I found a gr ...more
Nov 20, 2008 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From what I've been able to determine from the three books I've read by George Weigel, I definitely prefer when he is writing about what other people do, as opposed to his opinion on how things ought to be. It's not that his opinions are that much different than mine or not well researched, in fact the opposite is true. My problem is that he is a little bit too analytical, uses vocabulary that often seems to be too academic, and becomes fairly dry. On the other hand, similar to his biography on ...more
Jul 24, 2007 Bethany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in John Paul's legacy and Benedict's tasks
Shelves: non-fiction
George Weigel begins by analyzing the legacy of the late John Paul II; some of it is quite poetic and moving. It may be somewhat redundant for those who read his biography Witness to Hope or rambling for those who just want to get to the part about Benedict. Weigel then walks the readers through the events surrounding the conclave to select the new Pope, which will interest those intrigued by the political machinations, ambitions, and decisions of cardinals (of whom I am not one). Finally, he in ...more
Audiobook = Cheating.

A very didactic treatmenet of the the changing of the guard between Pope John Paul II and Benedict II. Weigel looks at the history of the two popes and where the current papacy could head to strengthen the church in this post-modern world.
Alex Walker
Decent book but padded out a bit. Great info on both Pope's but some of the other info, in my opinion, was not necessarily all that interesting. 80-85% relevant. Worth a read (or listen as I listened to it on Audible)
Dec 03, 2011 Yolanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dove
I was very touched at the beginning with John Paul II history, as I usually am. After that I wanted to continue reading about the Great John Paul. Yes, I picked up the book to learn about Benedict XVI and I did. It was a good book, you cannot predict how a book will touch you.
Nov 12, 2008 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have come to really enjoy Mr. Weigel's works and respect him as a man who has an intregrous insight into the temporal workings of modern society. This work only further reinforced that view.
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American author and political and social activist. Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Weigel was the Founding President of the James Madison Foundation.

Each summer, Weigel and several other Catholic intellectuals from the United States, Poland, and across Europe conduct the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society in Krakow, in which they and an assortment of
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