Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit
by Garry Wills
New York: Doubleday, 2000
(304 pages; $25.00, cloth)
by James Hitchcock
Ours is an age of cynicism, sometimes with good reason, and in countless “thrillers” the hero can never tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys until the end. Not surprisingly, a new book on the papacy by Garry Wills is titled Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit.
There are enough real-life examples of deceit to make suspicion plausible. Paradoxically, democracy and the mass media have probably increased the propensity for deceit, since in earlier times those in power felt no need to justify themselves . . .
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