The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation
by Jon Sweeney
(Image Books, 2012).
This Medieval Tale is the true story of a 13th century monk-hermit, Peter Morrone, who became Pope Celestin V, yet quit the papacy. It is full of mystery, death and salvation as the title proclaims. This story is well-researched by the author, Jon Sweeney, and it reads like a novel.
In his brief papacy, Sweeney brings to life the difficulties and struggles of Pope Celestine V. No other pope before and none after have abdicated the papacy. Was his quitting the papacy an act of cowardice , as many claimed? Or was it the fortuitous act of a holy man? Every reader will come away with his or her own answer. Nevertheless, Pope Celestin V was canonized a saint seven years after his mysterious death.
There is a little bit of everything for everyone in this narrative portrait of Pope Celestin V. Theologians, historians, and anyone who loves a good story will enjoy this read.
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