Matthew Fox's "The Pope's War" came out in German in September. Below are three reviews from Germany about the book. An Italian version should be released next year.
Much Truth and Insights into Ratzinger’s Style of Leadership: A Review from Germany
This book is a must-read for every Catholic and interested Christian because it points out Ratzinger’s schemings and his way of fraudulently concealing facts in clear and factual language without becoming spiteful or biased. (My compliments to the translator for the excellent translation.)
The book explains a “theology of obedience” that affects our every day lives. A theology that conceals crimes against children and teenagers, deliberately keeps them secret and even shields, protects and promotes the bishops and cardinals involved. Ratzinger argues for compassion where openness and justice should be called for. Is this an “intact theology.” one that can reach people and is open and willing to reform?
This book, that I highly recommend to every interested and questioning person, raises serious concerns in me and stirs me up. As a former member of the Roman Catholic Church, I too belong to those Christians who lament the deterioration of a society that with this behavior sees itself deprived of another one of its supports. The great amount of people leaving this institution point the same way.
Here and all over the world we find many examples showing how the Vatican operates--Ratzinger has silenced good theologians who had been teaching inspiring, stimulating messages – for instance in the issue of women’s rights - that could bring change. This has been done by dismissing them from the church against their own will. This book explains the background and mechanisms involved in these cases. Matthew Fox, for whom I wish many readers for his book, belongs to this group of theologians compromised by the Vatican.
Perhaps this book will lead to an enhanced exchange between its readers, so that together we can focus on these grievances! That would be desirable! As always change can only be brought about when we ourselves as members of our society become active and express ourselves!
Clarification and Truth About Ratzinger: A Review from Germany
Bernd Wagenbach, director of studies (retired)
For a long time I have critically studied the history of the church and vigilantly watched the scandalous ideas and activities from Ratzinger that have nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus. Of all the publications dealing with these problems, the outstanding book “Ratzinger und sein Kreuzzug”(in English, “The Pope’s War”) by Matthew Fox is particularly worth reading.
It contains very interesting information about the current pope including some that is to this point unknown and appalling – for example information concerning Opus Dei and the Legion of Christ. Such an extraordinary and thrilling book as this, that serves the purpose of clarification and truth, should be warmly recommended like hardly any other! It most definitely deserves a much larger dissemination.
Pope Benedict XVI– A Man of War and a “Murderer”of Theology? A Review from Germany
Roland R. Ropers
philosopher of religion and publicist
The American theologian and former Dominican Monk Matthew Fox, who is known worldwide, describes with brilliant clarity Ratzinger’s thirty year long dictatorship in the Vatican and his part in the cover-up of pedophile scandals and inquisition-like crusades against a large number of theologians and spiritual teachers who don’t conform to his political views and his course back into the religious Dark Ages.
It is obvious that Joseph Ratzinger has exchanged his soul for power. Matthew Fox refers to Pope Benedict XVI as a “murderer of theology” and a “man of war.” The current book of the now 71 year old professor of Creation Spirituality is appalling and illustrates how fraudulent and far from Christ the institution of the Roman-Catholic “faith corporation” has been steered.
At the end of his diagnosis Matthew Fox, among other things, points out 25 tangible steps for the revitalization of Christian communities. Everyone who still relies on Pope Benedict and the cardinals, bishops and priests enslaved by him should very attentively read this book. It is about the urgently needed revolution of spirituality.