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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (168 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hans Küng, Robert O’Keefe Narrator: Robert O’Keefe, Hans Küng Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date: April 2001 ISBN: 9781440739927
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In 1979 the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith withdrew Hans Küng’s missio canonica. Pope Paul VI approved the censure saying, “We are obligated to declare that in his writings he fell short of integrity and the truth of the Catholic faith.” Through a 1980 agreement with the Vatican, Küng is now permitted to teach, but only under secular auspices. In this acclaimed Modern Library Chronicle, Küng examines the Catholic Church through its many reformations, focusing on the people and events that have molded it into the largest and oldest Christian denomination in the world. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This much-needed book tells the truth about the Catholic past for the sake of the church’s future.” 

    James Carroll

  • “Robert O’Keefe’s reading is clear and calmly rational, like that of a kindly professor instructing undergraduates. Modeling his presentation on Küng’s attempt at balanced objectivity, O’Keefe measures each expression, careful to avoid the appearance of passion or emotion, though the subject by its very nature is a painful critique fraught with both.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Royce | 12/19/2013

    " Great summary of Roman Catholic history with all its faults, but yet Kung remains optimistic about the future, and ecumenism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 10/28/2013

    " I like Kung. A Catholic priest who has faced harsh criticism from the church, still he does not shy away from presenting undesirable aspects of the church's history. He would've been excommunicated in an earlier time. I found this book interesting to read, and quite concise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 6/4/2013

    " Really concise and clear writing. Small book on a huge subject. Accomplishes what it sets out to admirably. Lots of extremely dignified papacy-bashing here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela Joyce | 12/5/2012

    " This could make one feel either better or worse about being a Catholic... or a bit of both. This man has his eyes wide open. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Lindgren | 2/3/2012

    " I got drunk once and explained the contents of this book to a friend who had been raised Coptic. I will never forget his expression when he realized that 95% of the anti-Catholic propaganda he'd been exposed to as a kid was basically historical fact. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph Carter | 4/21/2011

    " great concise history and exposure of the drivers behind the how the church came to be what it is (and isn't), but purely academic and difficult translation (very germanic writing style). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia | 2/14/2010

    " So dense. Some history books are interesting - not this one. The author could have better organized the events of the Catholic Church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 1/17/2010

    " A history-based history of the Church that separates the myth and legends from fact in the hopes of giving a starting point for believers who know a reform of the hierarchy is past due. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/19/2009

    " Very quick, objective and comprehensive history of the good and the bad of the church. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 3/1/2009

    " A love letter/reproof to the universal Church, in the form of history. Good history of ex cathedra infallibility and other dogmas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 8/7/2008

    " No impramatur here! I'm not even supposed to have it in our library - but of course I do! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemarie | 8/24/2005

    " Absolutely fascinating book with a lot of insight into history and Christianity in general. Listened to the audiobook. Very worth my time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Roger | 8/15/2005

    " Thorough but dry. "

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