Next Pope, The - Revised & Updated: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How the Successor to John Paul II Will be Elected and Where He Will Lead The Church

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Who will be the next pope? With the waning health of John Paul II, that question is being hotly debated around the world. The answer has profound implications not only for the future direction of Catholicism, but also for the course of world politics and culture. This timely guide, completely revised and updated, offers an inside look at the top contenders, whose remarkable diversity--with several African, Asian, European, and North American cardinals, two Jesuits, a Jewish convert, and several Italians leading the list--reflects how dramatically the Church has changed in the past forty years.

The authors, who have closely observed some of the Church's key leaders, provide a compelling, behind-the-scenes look at the dramatic process of electing a pope. They evaluate the political maneuvering, examine the issues sure to influence the next conclave's decision (including the need for a skilled diplomat and a return to choosing an Italian, the ordination of women, and the question of married priests), and project the most likely successors to John Paul II. After demystifying this fascinating yet notoriously secretive process, the Hebblethwaites use their expertise to identify the basic options--to pursue a moderate or a conservative course--that will face the conclave.

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On the day of her husband's funeral in December 1994, Margaret Hebblethwaite received the advance copies of his final book, The Next Pope, in which Peter Hebblethwaite critiques John Paul II's papacy and speculates on who might step into his shoes. Since 1995 the original contenders have aged and younger cardinals have moved into the lineup. Accordingly, Margaret Hebblethwaite, until recently the assistant editor of the The Tablet, updated and revised her husband's book. She takes readers through the ancient ceremonies that accompany the death of a pope and discusses John Paul's new rules for the conclave, which will elect his successor. In an expanded second section, Hebblethwaite looks at the hundred or so cardinals from all corners of the globe who could occupy the throne of St. Peter. Hebblethwaite is a liberal Catholic, and sometimes her politically correct preferences color her comments too much, but she has done her homework, and the result is a book in which solid research is presented in a punchy and readable journalistic style. --Dwight Longenecker, Amazon.co.uk

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Peter Hebblethwaite was a widely respected commentator and journa list who covered trends and events in the Catholic Church.

Margaret Hebblethwaite is the assistant editor of theBritish journal The Tablet.

Peter Hebblethwaite was a widely respected commentator and journa list who covered trends and events in the Catholic Church.

Margaret Hebblethwaite is the assistant editor of theBritish journal The Tablet.

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