A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Present

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A History of the Popes tells the story of the oldest living institution in the Western world―the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' chief disciple, through Pope Benedict XVI today, the popes have been key players in virtually all of the great dramas of the western world in the last two thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's engaging narrative examines the 265 individuals who have claimed to be Peter's successors. Rather than describe each pope one by one, the book focuses on the popes that shaped pivotal moments in both church and world history. The author does not shy away from controversies in the church, and includes legends like Pope Joan and a comprehensive list of popes and antipopes to help readers get a full picture of the papacy.

This simultaneously reverent yet critical book will appeal to readers interested in both religion and history as it chronicles the saints and sinners who have led the Roman Catholic Church over the past 2000 years. The author draws from his popular audio CD lecture series on the topic, 2,000 Years of Papal History, available through Now You Know Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).

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John W. O'Malley, S.J., is a Roman Catholic priest and professor of religion at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C., and is the author of numerous books, including What Happened at Vatican II and Four Cultures of the West.

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Documenting fifteen hundred years of history in 300 pages is a daunting task, but one that priest and Georgetown University professor O'Malley handles with gusto and a fair hand; considering the level of emotion that the Papacy can inspire, O'Malley reserves his enthusiasm for the unexpected twists of history, rather than any particular character or school of thought. In concise but engaging prose, O'Malley manages to find virtue in popes maligned by history, and a critical approach to the frequently-lauded, while keeping an eye on the world at large. . . . Readers eager for a breezy survey of papal history will be pleased. (Publishers Weekly)

Libraries with significant Catholic collections will certainly want to purchase O'Malley's work. . . . O'Malley's is a finely crafted one-volume history of an institution that has served in a significant capacity in world affairs. (Library Journal)

In serving up this kind of hard-nosed history of so many saints and sinners, O'Malley surely does not disappoint. . . . O'Malley's treatment of the medieval popes is consistently clear and engaging, but he really hits his stride when he reaches the popes of the early modern period, his own area of specialization. . . A fine example of a successful synthesis of a vast and complicated topic. And its publication is just one more reason O'Malley rightly deserves the title of dean of American Catholic church historians. (America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture)

The debate will continue about why the institution, one which Protestantism has tried to live without, persists anyway. . . . That question about the institution called papacy persists most of all and its current issues are well presented by John O'Malley's A History of the Popes. It's an excellent addition to any serious theological library but it's also an approachable story for the general reader which most everyone will find as a good and compelling introduction to these important men of Christian history. (Crossings)

In John O'Malley's history of the popes, the accent is on the mischievous — typically highlighting popes flouting their authority or shouldering the burdens of office without the requisite aplomb. (The Living Church)

O'Malley gives a thorough and engaging overview of 'the oldest living institution in the Western world.' He seeks to 'provide a recognizable path through complicated terrain' and help readers to keep their bearings while including 'details that enliven it and at the same time illuminate bigger issues.' . . . Father O'Malley has once again written an excellent book. (St. Anthony Messenger)

O’Malley has produced yet another remarkable text and places us all in his debt. To take on such a monumental task as compiling a single-volume historical account of the 266 generally accepted church leaders who have followed in the footsteps of Peter is a truly daunting task. . . .This volume is a gem that will inform, entertain, amuse, and inspire countless readers from widely differing backgrounds. . . .O’M has deliberately written this book for a wider audience, and its prose, as ever, is wonderfully lucid and stylish, peppered with fascinating anecdotes and lesser-known aspects of history that grip the reader’s attention throughout. . . .O’M is not afraid to get embroiled in the most contentious historical questions alone the way, including some of the most significant of all in this field of study. . . .His observations on some of the most critical questions pertaining to the papacy and the church in general are consistently thoughtful and measured. . . .Throughout, with characteristic succinctness, wit, and historiographical elegance, O’M. explores the personal and social origins and backgrounds of his subjects and tries to discern their personalities throughout. . . .This book will make a wonderful textbook at various levels, as well as a discussion text for parish groups and perhaps especially for ecumenical discussion groups. It will also be a cherished companion for readers seeking a less dense but nonetheless stimulating immersion into nearly 2000 years of history, regardless of their level of theological and historical training. Above all else, time and again O’M stirs the reader to think about individual popes, historical periods, and ecclesiological questions in a different way[.] (Liturgical Press)

With a twinkle in his eye, eminent church historian John W. O’Malley, S.J., walks the reader through this dizzying roster. . . . In this whirlwind tour of the corridors of church power, O’Malley also takes care to highlight the saintly figures of various eras who had far more influence on the faith than many popes had. (U.S. Catholic)

This is a paperback edition of the highly readable and engaging 2010 book by O'Malley, a Jesuit who teaches theology at Georgetown University. It's far from a simple listing or a series of encyclopedia-like entries. Rather, it's an explanation of the context in which the various popes served, including some of the history that, frankly, the church would much rather forget or at least ignore. O'Malley, though clearly a committed Catholic, is willing to look at the obvious questions surrounding the idea that the Apostle Peter can be considered the first pope -- at a time when there was barely even a Christian church. Despite all the ups and downs, the great men and the knaves who have occupied the Vatican throne, 'the papacy has proved to be a remarkably resilient institution,' the author concludes. In fact, it has undergone many changes over the centuries and today it may be at (or just past) the peak of its power and reach. Whether it can survive in its current form and state is an unanswerable question, though the history O'Malley gives us suggests some kind of change eventually is inevitable. (Faith Matters)

O'Malley provides an interesting and informative overview of the papacy and its ambivalent journey within the history of the church. (Verbum Svd)

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