The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church

The Francis Miracle Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church There is no other organization whose inner workings are secretive than the Vatican the spiritual and physical center of the Catholic Church Now with a dynamic new leader in Pope Francis all eyes are

  • Title: The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church
  • Author: John L. Allen Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781618931313
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There is no other organization whose inner workings are secretive than the Vatican the spiritual and physical center of the Catholic Church Now, with a dynamic new leader in Pope Francis, all eyes are upon the church, as this immensely popular Pope seeks to bring the church back from the right to center, in what can almost be described as a populist stance, blurrThere is no other organization whose inner workings are secretive than the Vatican the spiritual and physical center of the Catholic Church Now, with a dynamic new leader in Pope Francis, all eyes are upon the church, as this immensely popular Pope seeks to bring the church back from the right to center, in what can almost be described as a populist stance, blurring the lines between politics, religion and culture With topics including women, finance, scandal, and reform at the fore, never before have so many eyes been upon the church in what could be its defining moment for modern times.

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    1. “In general, the 'Francis revolution' is being felt at the level of in-the-trenches application of doctrine rather than the doctrine itself. He’s trying to encourage the most generous, merciful, and flexible application possible, making it clear that his kind of Church wants to include rather than exclude…"-From John L. Allen, Jr.’s “The Francis Miracle: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church"John L. Allen writes a balanced and thorough analysis of Jorge Mario Bergoglio's [...]

    2. Even thought I'm not a Catholic who goes to confession, or actually any Catholic at all, I am still going to confess something--this book was not particularly interesting to me. It's not because of the way it was written, but because most of it is about church politics. I doubt there is any church more political than the Catholic church. Moreover, as author John Allen stated about Pope Francis: "Beneath the man's humble, simple exterior lies the mind of a brilliant Jesuit politician." The author [...]

    3. The author mentions nothing remotely miraculous about Pope Francis, yet the book is not simply puffery. In fact, the concluding chapter notes: “Walk into any Vatican department nearly two years into the Francis era and ask what’s different operationally as a result of the new pope, and the most common response is ‘Nothing.’” Francis seems to have improved the Vatican Bank, a frequent subject of scandals. But he took office in 2013, several years after the financial crisis, and this tim [...]

    4. I am not alone in being interested in the relatively new Pope Francis, someone who seems cut from a different cloth, so to speak, from many of the popes over the years. I read this book with no special agenda, no skin in the game, simply because Pope Francis intrigues me.And I learned a good deal. Based on the writing, the author is apparently quite a fan of the pope, and the book is mostly positive about him and his mostly liberal bent, but also shows the less positive sides, especially when it [...]

    5. A credible view of Papal politics and blazing a path to a new way of Roman Catholic participation in the modern world. Excellent insight into the man who was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and is now Pope Francis. John L. Allen, Jr brings balance to the tale that appears top heavy with human interaction between the Pope and the populace and tales of kind acts and good deeds. Mr. Allen evens the scales with interviews of the Pope's detractors and reports of extant problems within the church, most [...]

    6. Ever since Pope Francis was elected pope I've been curious about him, his background, and the stories behind the TV sound bites. That is what this book is. Allen looks at Bergoglio's influences, is early career and the circumstances that led to his election as pope. Discussed are the changes he is making but Allen also makes a point of clearly stating what is not being changed. The author covers both points of view, the people who praise and those who criticize Pope Francis' actions. A very read [...]

    7. I'm not Catholic but a fan of Pope Francis. This book was a great look into what he's done in the past, what he's doing now, and the promises he's made for the future. The pope not like the others, Francis makes a name for himself each time he steps out. This book gives the reader an inside look into some of the reasons why he may do the things he does, how he's using the vision he has for the church to change policies, and also some of the things he's said he will do that he hasn't done. An hon [...]

    8. Some of the stuff about the history of Francis is fascinating. In particular, the fact that he was good, personal friends with a socialist in Argentina who was very likely "disappeared" by the regime might explain, at least in part, his leadership both as Archbishop and Pope.That said, the book is a bit formulaic, covering topic after topic by subject matter in the Church (sexuality, gender, sex abuse, etc.) in a bit more of a survey by topic than I was hoping for.

    9. Excellent insight into this interesting man. He has a unique and thoughtful style of living; however, the politics near the end present a well-balanced story. As Francis has said of himself, "(he's) just a man."

    10. Well, I wanted it to not be a gushy thing, and it turned out it wasn't. I like Pope Francis, because he seems to want to change things, but instead of changing catechism and traditions, he's going back to the roots of Christianity. Spreading love and hope is appropriate, not judging, etc.

    11. Amazing and interesting account of the life and leadership of this holy man I have the pleasure and blessing to see today. It read really well.

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