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Popes Who Resigned: Benedict XVI and 13 Other Popes Who Retired (or Were Deposed)
Popes Who Resigned: Benedict XVI and 13 Other Popes Who Retired (or Were Deposed)

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Popes Who Resigned: Benedict XVI and 13 Other Popes Who Retired (or Were Deposed)
Thomas J. Craughwell

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ISBN: 9780895551354 (Epub)    9780895551347 (Mobi)    
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Imprint: TAN Books
Publication Date: February 2013
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On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI shocked Catholics and the world by announcing that he would resign from the papacy. It was the first papal resignation in 600 years, and it has caused Catholics the world over to scramble for answers. Now, in Popes Who Resigned, Thomas J. Craughwell answers those burning questions, including:

  • Why did Benedict XVI resign and why didn't John Paul II?
  • What does the Catholic Church teach about papal resignation?
  • Who were the other popes that resigned, and why?
  • And much more.

In these tumultuous times, Craughwell points even now to the rock that is the Catholic Church, digging into Canon law and Church history for answers. Popes Who Resigned is a must read for Catholics and non-Catholics alike who are trying to make sense of Benedict XVI's resignation and what it means for the papacy, the Church, and the world.

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About The Author
Thomas J. Craughwell is author of more than two dozen books. Among them are Saints Behaving Badly (Doubleday, 2006), Saints Preserved: An Encyclopedia of Relics (Image, 2011), and Stealing Lincoln's Body(Harvard University Press, 2007), which was adapted into a History Channel documentary. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Inside the Vatican, and Our Sunday Visitor. A popular speaker, Craughwell has lectured for Catholic Courses, and has appeared on EWTN, CNN, and Ave Maria radio to discuss saints, the canonization process, and Catholic history. He writes out of his home in Bethel, Connecticut.

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