The Vicar of Christ

The Vicar of Christ This book is an unusual fascinating and well written observation of the life of a man who was first a war hero and Medal of honor winner from the Korean War then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

  • Title: The Vicar of Christ
  • Author: Walter F. Murphy
  • ISBN: 9780025882201
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This book is an unusual, fascinating and well written observation of the life of a man who was first a war hero and Medal of honor winner from the Korean War, then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, thirdly a monk, and finally elected Pope His overly exciting life is described by three men who knew him well The first narrator is a Marine, telling of their time togetheThis book is an unusual, fascinating and well written observation of the life of a man who was first a war hero and Medal of honor winner from the Korean War, then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, thirdly a monk, and finally elected Pope His overly exciting life is described by three men who knew him well The first narrator is a Marine, telling of their time together in Korea A constitutional scholar and Supreme Court Justice appalled at the new Chief Justice, narrates the second phase The third is a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church fat, kind but distracted The Marine cares for him the most, the Supreme Court Justice condescends and despises him, and the Cardinal is much interested in food than his subject But Declan Walsh was a man who earned the Medal of Honor while ordering the death of his best friend, ruled pragmatically and energetically on the Court but lost his wife to death and neglect, and became a miraculous healer, assasinated for challenging the powers that rule the secular world.

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    1. While the premise might seem a bit farfetched - a man who won the Medal of Honor in Korea becomes a Supreme Court Justice and then a charismatic Pontiff of the Roman Catholic church - the book not only makes you suspend your disbelieve but actively wish it were true. Each section of the book is told in a different voice. A GI voices the first part, a long serving justice covers the Supreme Court years, and a world-weary Cardinal talks of the time he was pope. This book was probably helped that i [...]

    2. I read this book years ago - when it first came out. It is still with me, a book I never forgot. That says more than any nice words I can write. That is a reader's biggest treasure: a book that is never forgot and continues to incite thoughts and questions.

    3. Spanning decades The Vicar of Christ explores the Catholic Church through the eyes of Declan Walsh as he takes part in two wars and two legal systems, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Curia of the Vatican. Despite a troubled life Walsh will rise to become one of the most influential men in the world, the Pope.

    4. Just finished this and the first thing that comes to mind is, "WOW!" I was supposed to read this in a seminar in college many years ago. In the best academic tradition, I BSed my way through and partied instead. I had no idea what I was missing. A truly inspiring (though fictional) account of Declan Walsh-war hero, Chief Justice and the Pope. I agree that it sounds, far-fetched but Murphy pulls it off in a way that is not only believable but makes you long for such a real-life leader-someone wit [...]

    5. I grew up Catholic and, while I have moved away from the religion in adulthood, have remained interested in the history of the Holy See. Walter Murphy's book, while written 36 years ago, is an excellent fictional presentation of the politics, jealousies, and humanity of the men who run the Roman Catholic Church. Above all, the novel presents the story of an American war hero and jurist who becomes Pope. His story, heroic and inspiring, is also one that touches on the human failures that even tho [...]

    6. I had read this years ago and picked it up again at a used book sale. It is the story of a man through three distinct phases of his life -- a soldier / war hero, a chief justice of the Supreme Court, and a Pope of the Catholic Church. As unthinkable as it seems, it works. The book is educational, at least for me about the workings of both the Supreme Court and the Vatican, entertaining and thought-provoking. I should add that each phase is narrated by a different person, all significant characte [...]

    7. Imagine being a decorated military man, a chief justice and a pope. Well, that is the life of Declan Walsh, a man chosen by fate to be a world leader. Declan comes across as a man at the mercy of fate. he also seems doubtful but always willing to answer the call to serve. This is an incredible story and piece of writing. This would make a great film!

    8. This was a great book. Gave good understanding of the inner workings of both the Supreme Court and Vatican. Had a story line that kept your interest. Loved when he Ex-Communicated the country of Spain or when he was asked if he had a travel visa he stated he was going to look through the Vatican archives for the visa that St. Peter used to travel to Rome.

    9. I usually read Science Fiction. This is not SF - but it is a great story and well worth the trouble in finding. I recently bought a replacement copy from eBay as I couldn't get it on . Well worth reading.

    10. A gift from 30 years ago that I have enjoyed reading several times, moving it with my household possessions more times than I can count. Long but worth every page.

    11. I read this years ago and it was pretty good but not great. Maybe if I read it now, I'd have a different take on it.

    12. This was the best book buy of the year $3.00 from a second hand dealer and one of the best stories I have read Recommend for anyone who enjoys a great story.

    13. My brain is stuffed full of new and fascinating knowledge. And from a good read too. (This is another book that languished unread on my shelves for too long.)

    14. An intriguing story - beautifully written. I read it with a dictionary because each word was precise, deliberate and colorful. Left me with a thirst for words that has yet to be quenched.

    15. This book is a must read for all Catholics. I have read and re-read this excellent book. It is fiction, but in fiction is the truth.

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