Benedict XVI by Rupert Shortt
Commander of the Faith

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For decades before his election, Pope Benedict XVI was known across the world as an unwavering upholder of Catholic orthodoxy. But what kind of man is Benedict XVI? What were the influences that shaped him, and how might the Catholic Church evolve under his leadership? Written for the general reader, this book aims to answer these questions as well as why the future Pope disavowed his youthful liberalism.

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Rupert Shortt is religion editor of the London Times Literary Supplement and the author of Rowan Williams: An Introduction and Pope Benedict XVI: Commander of the Faith.
Published October 1, 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction

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He skillfully blends Benedict's own words with the observations of others to create a balanced portrayal of the man who was first characterized by such appellations as "enforcer" and "God's Rottweiler" (though Shortt seems to prefer casting Benedict as "The German Shepherd," the title of his last...

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