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Confession d'un cardinal

Confession d'un cardinal
EAN : 
9782709629379
Parution : 
17/10/2007
413 pages
18.80 €

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Au lendemain de l’élection de Benoît XVI, un cardinal de la curie contacte un journaliste français afin qu’il l’aide à rédiger ses mémoires. Très vite, l’auteur se rend compte que les intentions de son interlocuteur dépassent largement le style convenu des fausses confidences des dignitaires religieux à la retraite.
Ce haut-responsable, proche de Jean-Paul II, s’interroge sur le sens de son action à la tête de l’un des ministères les plus importants du Vatican qu’il a quitté pour se consacrer aux enfants délaissés du Sud-Est asiatique. Il entremêle anecdotes significatives, révélations et considérations historiques.
Il révèle l’enjeu qui sépare deux grandes tendances de l’Église : l’une qui tente de restaurer les pratiques anciennes, tandis que l’autre prépare la relève pour le moment où l’affaiblissement de l’institution sera si criant que de nouveaux modes de fonctionnement deviendront obligatoires.
Following the election of Pope Benoît XVI, a Catholic cardinal requests the aid of a French journalist to write his memoirs. The two men engage in an intelligent and straightforward dialog : A Cardinal’s Confession.
The cardinal was a close friend of Pope John-Paul II and, under his pontificate, rose to the head of one of the most important ministries of the Vatican State. And yet, after much soul-searching regarding the legitimacy and significance of his position, he resigned in order to dedicate himself to the abandoned children of South East Asia..
With a compelling mix of anecdotes, revelations and both historical and sociological insights, the cardinal provides us with his analysis of the crisis affecting Christianity, and draws up a striking description of the Church and the disquieting internal debates
at its centre. This surprisingly relevant, open and fervent “confession” bears witness to the growing gap between the two separate visions which coexist within the Church: one seeks to restore tradition, the other prepares a modernization yet to be defined.
Olivier Le Gendre lives in Paris. He is the author of numerous books on religion (Editions Anne Sigier and Desclée de Bower) that have all sold between 5000 and 15000 copies. He is an active member of the Christian community and widely knowledgeable of its past and contemporary history.