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Faith and Leadership: The Papacy and the Roman Catholic Church Hardcover – Apr 19 2012

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  • Hardcover: 638 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (April 19 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739171321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739171325
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 4 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
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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)

About the Author

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

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