The Pope Who Quit

The Pope Who Quit

A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation

Book - 2012 | 1st ed
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Documents the story of Pope Celestine V, evaluating the views of his supporters and detractors while tracing his progression to the papacy and his decision to abdicate months later, discussing his choice's impact on the Catholic Church.
Publisher: New York : Image Books, ©2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385531894
Branch Call Number: 282.092 CELESTIN
Characteristics: x, 288 pages ; 21 cm


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bookfanatic1979 Jun 11, 2013

I think whoever wrote the jacket blurb oversold this just a tad. A little heavy on the religious history—well, duh, it’s about a pope—but there was enough in it to interest even non-Catholics like myself. I found it particularly entertaining that Sweeney brings up the possibility of Pope Benedict’s retirement and then goes on to posit that he doesn’t think it will ever take place.


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