Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Pope Benedict Xvi: A Personal Portrait

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Pope Benedict Xvi: A Personal Portrait

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POPE BENEDICT XVI: A PERSONAL PORTRAIT. By H.J. FISCHER. Crossroad. 213 pp. $19.95.

Crossroad is first out of the gate with a biographical book on the new pope. (Continuum's dishonest reissue of John Allen's earlier book on Cardinal Ratzinger, retitled by the publisher as Pope Benedict XVI, doesn't count, being an embarrassment that has been disowned by the author.) The present book by a German journalist who has known the pope for decades is not a biography but a "personal portrait," and as such is limited but useful. Fischer has great respect for Benedict's intellect, a sympathetic understanding of the position he has assumed, and a deep personal liking for the man. At the same time, he is conflicted about whether, or in what way, Benedict will be a "reformist" pope. Fischer seems to side with those who think the Church should lighten up on sexual ethics, "abolish" priestly celibacy, and ordain women. …

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