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Wounded Shepherd by Austen Ivereigh

Wounded Shepherd

Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church

Austen Ivereigh

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Category: Religion, Non-fiction
Imprint: Henry Holt & Company Inc
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Inc
Publication date: 5 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9781250119384

Following his critically acclaimed The Great Reformer, Austen Ivereigh's colourful, clear-eyed portrait of Pope Francis takes us inside the Vatican's urgent debate over the future of the church in Wounded Shepherd.

4 stars out of 5
3 May 2020

"an indispensable guide to a man who may well be judged as one of the most outstanding popes in history"

He sees the world as God’s sacred creation. Whereas ancient peoples respected nature, the capitalist tradition consistently treats nature as a source of plunder. No shame is expressed for massive ecological destruction, let alone for the harm done to the lives and health of the surrounding peoples. Francis’s stand predictably earned him contempt on the part of many very rich and “pious” Catholics, especially in the USA. Ivereigh’s account of the Vatican Bank resembles the scenario for a Martin Scorsese movie, though happily with rather fewer murders. So abysmal was the level of corruption in the bank that even the indulgent Italian financial authorities withdrew their co-operation. Francis, typically, set about the bank’s reform with relentless and effective measures.