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The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
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A revealing inside look at one of the world's most powerful and mysterious institutions

For more than twenty-five years John Thavis held one of the most fascinating journalistic jobs in the world: reporting on the inner workings of the Vatican. His daily exposure to the power, politics, and personalities in the seat of Roman Catholicism gave him a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on an institution that is far less monolithic and unified than it first appears. Thavis reveals Vatican City as a place where Curia cardinals fight private wars, scandals threaten to undermine papal authority, and reverence for the past is continually upended by the practical considerations of modern life.

Thavis takes listeners from a bell tower high above St. Peter's to the depths of the basilica and the saint's burial place, from the politicking surrounding the election of a new pope and the ever-growing sexual abuse scandals around the world to controversies about the Vatican's stand on contraception and more.

Perceptive, sharply written, and witty, The Vatican Diaries will appeal not only to Catholics—lapsed as well as devout—but to anyone interested in international diplomacy and the role of religion in an increasingly secularized world.

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A revealing inside look at one of the world's most powerful and mysterious institutions

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Thavis takes listeners from a bell tower high above St. Peter's to the depths of the basilica and the saint's burial place, from the politicking surrounding the election of a new pope and the ever-growing sexual abuse scandals around the world to controversies about the Vatican's stand on contraception and more.

Perceptive, sharply written, and witty, The Vatican Diaries will appeal not only to Catholics—lapsed as well as devout—but to anyone interested in international diplomacy and the role of religion in an increasingly secularized world.

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      • content: "A seasoned reporter on the Vatican beat takes us for an irreverent and revealing visit. Frequently from the vantage of the reportorial fly on the wall, Thavis...concentrates on the history he has witnessed firsthand...Especially provocative are the chapters dealing with the mismanagement of diverse sex scandals and, finally, an appraisal of the opaque personality of Benedict...Not only provocative, this report is illuminating and fully accessible to members of the faith and doubters alike."
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        "I'm convinced that the backstage reality at the Vatican is infinitely more interesting than the caricature of power and authority that dominates the mainstream media," writes Thavis, former Rome bureau chief at the Catholic News Service. His entertaining and readable book proves his point. Focusing on the reigns of John Paul II and Benedict XVI (neither of whom come off well here), Thavis reveals a great deal about how the Vatican bumbles along. Each chapter focuses on a particular mishap, so readers are sure to be intrigued, whether by "Bones"—the story of how a priceless archeological find almost fell to the expansion of the Vatican's parking spaces—or a profile of Father Reginald Foster, the Vatican's rebellious, mouthy (and deeply gifted) chief Latinist. The controversies surrounding the sainthood of Pope Pius XII, the ultra-conservative Society of St. Pius X, and the Catholic church's struggles with birth control, AIDS, homosexuality, and celibacy are also all included, revealing just how political the Vatican really is. Given such insight, readers may wish that Thavis had provided his own perspective on if, and how, he kept his own faith while working in such an environment.

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        In this debut, retired Rome bureau chief of the Catholic News Service Thavis offers listeners a tantalizing, insider's look at life in the Vatican and its history. The place is filled with colorful and intriguing characters, and at the center of all the action stands the pope. Listeners will share the tension of an organization all too aware that millions of people turn to it either desiring moral guidance or watching for missteps and opportunities to criticize. Thavis admirably illustrates the complex challenges of leading a worldwide church. Narrator Malcolm Hillgartner is a compelling tour guide through this labyrinth of ancient faith in the modern world. VERDICT Recommended for academic and public libraries. ["Thavis's anecdotal presentation will appeal to readers seeking understanding of or connection with the Catholic Church's heart," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Viking: Penguin hc, LJ 1/13.--Ed.]--Denis Frias, Mississauga Lib. Syst., Ont.

        Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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