Last Testament

In His Own Words

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  • Product Code: LTEP
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781472944627
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  • Weight: 5.6 oz
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    Biography-Memoir > Popes

The story of the first Pope to resign in over 700 years.

Pope Benedict made history by being the first Pope in over 700 years to resign from office. The Catholic Church the world over was stunned. Worn out by corruption in the Church and by an endless series of clerical sex scandals, he decided that the resolution of all these problems was outside his power for a man of his age.

Last Testament is nearest to an autobiography from the shy and private man who has remained "hidden to the world" in a former convent in the Vatican gardens. He breaks his silence on issues such as:

  • The "Vatileaks" case in which his butler leaked some of his personal letters that alleged corruption and scandal in the Vatican (the butler remains in jail)

  • The presence of a "gay lobby" within the Vatican and how he dismantled it

  • His alleged Nazi upbringing

  • His attempts at cleaning up the “dirt in the church” (clerical sexual abuse)
    The mysterious private secretary “Gorgeous George”

On a more personal level he writes with great warmth of his successor Pope Francis, who he admits has a popular touch, a star quality which he has lacked. Much controversy still surrounds Pope Benedict`s Papacy--in this book he addresses these controversies and reveals how at his late age, governing and reforming the Papacy and particularly the Vatican, was beyond him.

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As Pope he authored the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth; and prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books that continue to remain important for the contemporary Church, such as Introduction to Christianity and The Spirit of the Liturgy.

Peter Seewald

Peter Seewald is a veteran German journalist who has done two other internationally best-selling book length interviews with Joseph Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI): Salt of the Earth  and God and the World.  He is also the author of Benedict XVI : An Intimate Portrait,  and the photo-biography, Pope Benedict XVI: Servant of the Truth.

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