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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon M. Sweeney Narrator: Jon M. Sweeney Publisher: Franciscan Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN:
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At the close of the tumultuous Middle Ages, there lived a man who seemed destined from birth to save the world. His name was Peter Morrone, a hermit, founder of a religious order, and depending on to whom you talk, a reformer, an instigator, a prophet, a coward, a saint, and possibly the victim of murder. A stroke of fate would, practically overnight, transform this humble servant of God into the most powerful man in the Catholic Church. Half a year later, he would be the only pope in history to abdicate the Chair of St. Peter, an act that nearly brought the papacy to its knees. What led him to make that decision and what happened afterward would be shrouded in mystery for centuries.

The Pope Who Quit pulls back the veil of secrecy on this dramatic time in history and showcases a story that involves deadly dealings, apocalyptic maneuverings, and papal intrigue.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 2/16/2014

    " It just lost me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Stilson | 2/12/2014

    " Really interesting information "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Bashford | 1/13/2014

    " Really interesting book...it's about Pope Celestine V who was Pope in the Middle Ages but there is so much that is relevant to our lives today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coleen Dailey | 1/13/2014

    " THis was an interesting story of a man who has a hermit, a contemplative who lived a quiet monastic life. He is surprisingly elected pope and holds the job for six weeks and then quits. He hopes to go back to his life as a hermit but is imprisoned by the new pope and unexpectedly dies while in prison. He may have died of old age because he was 85 but now one is really sure. I did not even know you could quit being pope but obviously this Peter Morrone was not cut out for the church politics of the 13th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vickie | 1/1/2014

    " I had forgotten about this book until I shared it with my dad several months ago. It is about a monk, Peter Morrone, who became the most powerful person in the Catholic Church and then abdicated from the papacy. One of the comments in a review states, "This long-forgotten saga is rightly restored to its place as one of the most unusual episodes in the entire history of the church." In light of the current situation in Rome, it seems very timely to share this title again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Zach Vaughn | 1/1/2014

    " I bought this book on the theory that it would hold some relevance to the resignation of Benedict XVI; however, that was not the case. There is actually very little about Celestine and the details of his brief papal rule. Sweeney does provide some good contextual information regarding the period, but much of the information included in this work comes across as filler. Ultimately, my problem with this work is with some factually incorrect statements on pp 137 & 186. In both instances, Sweeney makes an absolute statement that no popes had ever resigned prior to Celestine V. This is factually incorrect as Pontian, Benedict IX and Gregory VI all left the office prior to death through resignation/abdication. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/31/2013

    " I was fascinated by the story of Morrone's life. Sweeney did an incredible job of tying together the conspiracy theories with the hagiographers' work and finally with pieces of Peter's own autobiography. Celestine's story truly is a lesson in good vs. evil. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim Eiler | 12/15/2013

    " Not well written. Interesting story, I guess, but the writing kept getting in the way of the topic. As a work of non-fiction, I was also disappointed in the lack of citations for the claims made. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie Klingensmith | 11/27/2013

    " Interesting history of the papacy and the culture of the Middle Ages, but just not as much about Celestine V and the details of his short reign as pope that I thought there would be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon M. | 11/11/2013

    " I am a bit biased, but I think this book is pretty terrific. I know that writing it was a labor of love for the author, as he worked to understand the mysterious papa angelico, the enigmatic Celestine V. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/3/2013

    " Much more a history book than the subtitle would have one believe; still an interesting story of the medieval church. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Hanscom | 7/22/2013

    " Maybe 3 1/2. There were lots of good parts, but it was overhyped, and did not really get exciting until halfway through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geralyn | 6/21/2013

    " glad i read it. spead through the last third. learned some things. always good to learn! catholicism or whatever is so bizaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar. just like politics. power power power. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/8/2013

    " Interesting historical perspective on a very secretive and powerful position. Lost its compelling story toward the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 2/24/2013

    " A very timely book given that the Pope just resigned. There is a lot of historical details about many popes in the book but it was easy to read. It provided an excellent history of why the election of a new Pope is handled the way it is today. The author did a lot of research for the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jocelyn | 2/20/2013

    " This was an interesting story, but (understandably) by no means was there enough material for a whole book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maxine | 12/23/2012

    " This book while an interesting subject was written for the high school set which I found disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jakc0726 Casey | 10/15/2012

    " I enjoyed the history,but the actual information regarding Celestine V was really limit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 9/5/2012

    " An extremely quick read and easy to follow. Includes a short summary of all of the popes who may have been murdered, etc. Celestine V reigned only for a few weeks in 1294. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Schaeffer | 6/21/2012

    " I'm invested in the story of Celestine V, and this book did an ok job of telling it. Its definitely written for a general audience, and in that respect, I think it does what it needs to do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucas | 4/3/2012

    " Interesting on a rare subject, but loosely written. I'd like more citations and detail and less random speculation. "

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