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BOLD PROPOSALS FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

A Church in Search of Itself:
Benedict XVI and the Battle for the Future
By Robert Blair Kaiser
Knopf, 2006. 250pp. $26.95
MaryEllen O’Brien

Robert Blair Kaiser’s new book A Church in Search of Itself is both a compelling depiction of the making of a pope and a rallying cry for a revolution of sorts among the faithful. Kaiser is a heavy hitter among Vatican watchers and prognosticators –it has been his beat since he was Time magazine’s man in Rome covering the Second Vatican Council. More recently he has been Newsweek’s Rome correspondent. He’s also one of the rare religion correspondents with actual theological training –he was a Jesuit for ten years, leaving just shy of ordination to pursue a career in journalism. He’s got the experience, connections, expertise and sharp vision to present an invaluable guide to what really went on, inasmuch as that can be known to anyone outside a locked conclave when John Paul II’s successor was being chosen in April 2005. But this is no unbiased piece of reportage
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