Pope Benedict XVI — The Writer

I started this blog with the intent of exploring any and all genres of non-fiction.Pope Benedict XVI_collage

Well, that does include theology and philosophy ­— and perhaps the most prolific theologian has made global headlines of late.

That’s right.

Pope Benedict XVI.

He has publised 66 books over his life, in multiple languages, and almost half of those have been published since 2005, when he became Pope.

The cynical part of me thinks, in a crudely commercial sense, that he was probably published more after he became Pope because of the profile the position gave him, in that, the eyes of publishers probably lit up with dollar signs.

But while the disillusioned writers among us might think that, the reviews of his most recent book, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives (2012), probably demonstrate his ability to reflect on Christianity’s deepest characteristics and explore them in a way that’s easy to understand.

At least, that’s how I read this remark:

 I recommend this book highly especially to those who might have some doubts about particulars of the Christmas story. ” — J. Puleo 

All in all, as an ex-Roman Catholic and despite any reservations I may have about how Pope Benedict XVI directed the Church during his papacy, I might actually pick up one of his books to try and understand why the story lines that form the basis of Christianity continue to endure after 2,000 years.

Have you read one of Pope Benedict XVI’s books?

Would you recommend it?


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About Catherine C. Turner

Catherine C. Turner grew up as an 'Army brat', then became a part-time Army officer, and was full-time Army officer’s spouse for more than a decade. Along the way, she added Afghanistan to the Turner family war service medal collection, which already includes her father's from Vietnam and his father's from Korea and the Pacific in WWII. She has lived and worked in three states and two territories in Australia and has travelled to Europe, the UK, and USA (the last on her American passport). She’s an arts worker with expertise in corporate comunication and book publishing, and holds several qualifications, including an honours degree from University of Canberra, a graduate certificate from Deakin University, and a graduate diploma from RMIT. When she is not writing her first military history book about the Australia Light Horse charge at Beersheba, she fantasises about riding her motorcycle on a top television motor show and becoming the No. 1 Female Ticket Holder for the Geelong Cats AFL team.

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