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Good Pope, Bad Pope: Their Lives, Our Lessons

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Why did the author pick the popes you’ll meet in the pages of this book? Why not Gregory I, whom many would call the greatest pope of all time? Why not Leo X, who was pope at the beginning of the Protestant Reformation? Why not Leo XIII, who boldly stood up for the rights of workers?

Every pope is by definition a remarkable man. But the popes whose stories you’ll read here
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Paperback, 140 pages
Published September 13th 2013 by Servant Books
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Julie Davis
Mar 20, 2014 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing
Of course, we all know about Pope Francis.
Even when he became a bishop and then a cardinal, he was in the habit of walking rather than riding, fasting, staying up all night to pray, and in general acting more like a humble servant than like a prince. But now that he was a pope, he was surrounded by imperial pomp. Would it change him?

The people knew right away that this pope was different. He gave his gifts to the poor.

The change of tone did not stop there. He lived in the magnificent palaces bu
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Andrew
Sep 22, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: popes, catholicism
When I first picked up this book I thought it was going to talk about twelve bad popes and their affect on the papacy; however, I was pleasantly surprised that I was on both good and bad popes and their influence in the church. The twelve popes were as followed:

St. Peter the Apostle
St. Clement I
Liberius
St. Damasus I
St. Leo I (the Great)
Vigilius
Benedict IX
St. Celestine V
Alexander VI
St. Pius V
Pius XII
St. John Paul II (the Great)(saint after publication of book)

The novel served as a very interestin
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Stuart
Oct 25, 2013 Stuart rated it it was amazing
In the book, Good Pope, Bad Pope Mike Aquilina highlights a selection of popes through the history of the Church - starting with St. Peter and ending with soon-to-be St. John Paul II. Ten other popes are also examined, including one of my favorites, St. Clement, and some lesser known ones like Liberius and Vigilus. As the title suggests, some of the popes are good, and some are bad. However, Mr. Aquilina selected these twelve to show how the papacy developed through the centuries.

I particularly
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Patrick Alog
Jul 08, 2014 Patrick Alog rated it really liked it
It was a very interesting read, that shows that even though there were bad Popes who lived immoral lives, the teachings of the Church held firm nonetheless.
Christy
Aug 09, 2015 Christy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Interesting glimpse into the history of some of the popes. Some I was very familiar with, others not as much. Enjoyable and very fast read.
Cotter
Dec 05, 2014 Cotter rated it really liked it
Interesting biographies.
Orchid
Jul 27, 2015 Orchid rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Final Verdict: Good Pope, Bad Pope: Their Lives, Our Lessons- An excellent, engaging read about the papacy from the beginning to more recent times. Definitely an eye opener if you're only familiar with the more recent popes; while I was shocked over a couple of them, I found it interesting to take a hard look at how things have changed over the last 2000 years.

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Christy Kellner
Nov 25, 2013 Christy Kellner rated it really liked it
I agree with the author - JPII will be called Great!
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Mike Aquilina is author or editor of more than thirty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion.
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