The Crisis in the Vatican Empire
From the Death of John Paul II to the Resignation of Benedict XVI: Why the Church Has Become the New Global Culprit
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Scandals, internal power struggles, whistleblowers, and the challenge of a quickly changing world. This book helps readers understand one of the most tormented periods of transition in the history of the Catholic Church. Benedict XVI’s epochal decision to resign as pope not only ended his pontificate, but has revealed a new identity crisis within the Catholic Church—the paragon of virtue—forcing it into the awkward position of having to explain and to confess its own “sins” and convince the public that it is reforming and will change its behavior. The church is perceived by adversaries as the “second Kremlin,” doomed to the same ruin that marked the fall of the Soviet empire. Massimo Franco analyzes the deep-seated causes and implications of the Catholic Church’s disintegration.
Massimo Franco (born in Rome on November 6, 1954) is a key political commentator for the Corriere della Sera, where he writes a daily column. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) of London and was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1986 to 1987, studying lobbies and interest groups. He is also a political commentator for Italian state television channel Rai TV, state radio, and Telecom’s channel La Sette, where he is a regular guest on the Otto e Mezzo evening news show. He has also appeared on BBC news programs.
His articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Congressional Quarterly, the IISS Quarterly Survival, and the French Jesuits’ review Études. In 2011 he was a Vatican analyst for the Guardian’s political opinion site, Comment Is Free.
As an author for Mondadori, he has written several books on Italian and international politics, as well as on the Vatican. His most recent works include Imperi Paralleli, a history of the Vatican-USA relationship (2005), which was released in the United States in 2009 by Random House Doubleday as Parallel Empires. Andreotti (2008) is the unauthorized biography of controversial former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti. Parallel Empires: The Vatican and the United States—Two Centuries of Alliance and Conflict was published by Doubleday in 2009.
Massimo Franco is married to Ilaria Angeli. They have a daughter, Federica, and two sons, Matteo and Tommaso.