Faith and Leadership

Faith and Leadership : The Papacy and the Roman Catholic Church

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This study is a comprehensive history of the papacy, the oldest elective office in the world, and how it has managed over the centuries the most complex voluntary association of faith. The book argues that in fact through most of its existence, the papacy has adapted managerial models of the secular world and applied them to the Catholic Church. Since its emergence from the Jewish synagogues to a persecuted minority in the Roman Empire to becoming the established religion of the West, the Church and the papacy engaged the world on its own terms. It is only after the Council of Trent did the Church become somewhat more divorced and estranged from the environment around it. This book focused on those changes and on the great popes across the centuries who reformed and altered Catholicism. Special attention is directed to Gregory I, Innocent I, Innocent III, Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXVII, Paul VI, and John Paul II. The conclusion is that the persistence of the Catholic Church for so many centuries was due to its ability to preserve the faith, but re-establish its forms and managerial class.
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  • Hardback | 638 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 43.18mm | 1,065.94g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739171321
  • 9780739171325

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Primitive Church
Chapter 2: From Bishop to Pope (Peter to Leo the Great, 500 A.D.)
Chapter 3: The Threats to Orthodoxy
Chapter 4: Beyond the End of the Empire, 500-800
Chapter 5: The Medieval Papacy Looks East
Chapter 6: Abuses and Reform, 800-1000
Chapter 7: The Papal Monarchy, 1000-1500
Chapter 8: The Worldly Popes
Chapter 9: The Protestant Reformation
Chapter 10: The Timidity of Reform
Chapter 11: The Catholic Reformation
Chapter 12: The Council as a Reform Movement
Chapter 13: Religious Wars and Religious Repression
Chapter 14: The Enlightenment
Chapter 15: The Church Confronts the Leviathan
Chapter 16: The Church and the Ancien Regime
Chapter 17: The Emperor's Attack on the Papacy
Chapter 18: Pius IX: The First Modern Pope
Chapter 19: Leo XIII: The Soul of the Industrial State
Chapter 20: Pius X: Moods of Piety and Repression
Chapter 21: Benedict XV and the Mad Dogs of War
Chapter 22: Pius XI and the New Men of Violence
Chapter 23: Pius XII and the Spiritual Twilight of the West
Chapter 24: John XXII and the Promise of Aggiornamento
Chapter 25: Paul VI: The Perils of Aggiornamento
Chapter 26: John Paul II: The Uneasy Agenda of Restoration
Postscript: Benedict XVI
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Faith and Leadership is a useful volume for students of the papacy and modern church history, particularly in its later chapters . . . In particular, the author's treatments of Benedict XV, Pius XI, Pius XII, and Paul VI were very balanced, informative, contextualized, and certainly fulfilled the author's original intent. * The Catholic Historical Review * Riccards' sweep of papal history is a valuable resource on the factors that have sustained the Papacy for almost 2000 years. I found his integration of critical issues, which have persisted in various expressions over the centuries, is an impressive strength of this work. His style of writing is clear, compelling, and accessible. -- James F. Brennan, Provost, The Catholic University of America With all my Catholic schooling, from Sisters of St. Joseph to Jesuits, I never received the complete Catholic education Michael Riccards has given me in Faith and Leadership. From little-known facts to a thorough accounting of the life and work of John Paul II, I knew I was reading an accomplished historian with the instincts of a novelist. Forget your Da Vinci Code and read about the real mysteries of Roman Catholic leadership by a master writer. -- John A. DeSando, Franklin University Riccards weaves the intricate and intriguing story of the Catholic church attempting to adapt to changing time periods throughout history. In this well-written book, he explores the papacy as a management structure. This should be required reading for all those interested in world history, theology, and management studies. -- Graydon Tunstall, University of South Florida
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About Michael P. Riccards

Michael P. Riccards is currently the Executive Director of the Hall Institute of Public Policy in New Jersey.
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