The Pope Who Quit
A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation
by Jon Sweeney
"Jon M. Sweeney's loving portrait of Celestine V is that rare work of history that also feeds the soul. Anyone interested in the collision of hope, despair, and faith will come away nourished."
—John L. Allen Jr., author of A People of Hope
The Pope Who Quit pulls back the veil of secrecy on a dramatic time in history and showcases a story that involves deadly dealings, apocalyptic maneuverings, and papal intrigue.
By Jon M. Sweeney
"Toward the close of the Middle Ages, in 1285, there lived three men whose lives would intersect and forever change history. Each was a man of power. Each was stubborn. Each was skilled at the life and work to which he seemed destined from birth."
Jon Sweeney is an author, editor, and frequent speaker on mysteries of the Middle Ages, Francis and Clare of Assisi, Christian fundamentalism, embodied prayer, and appreciating the Catholic imagination.
"I spent two years writing The Pope Who Quit. I traveled to Rome and Naples and many places in between to see the sites for myself. And I spent thousands of hours in the library at Dartmouth College." Read the full interview here.
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By Toni Rossi
Sweeney recently joined Tony Rossi on his show “Christopher Closeup” to discuss the new book, as well as his own conversion to Catholicism.
By Carl Gregg
In light of Rowan Williams announcing his upcoming resignation as Archbishop of Canterbury, there are some important parallels to the book at hand. Perhaps we need both married popes, and popes with the free option to resign.
By Jon M. Sweeney
Would it surprise you to know that Benedict XVI has chosen to align his papacy with the memory of the one pope in history who quit the throne?
By Sarah Reinhard
This book is a great read…it's as fast-paced as a murder novel, as informative as a text, as entertaining as a gossip column. Highly recommended!
By Greg Garrett
The Pope Who Quit offers a potent exploration of the tensions between spirituality and power, between individual piety and community polity, and what happens when the Two Cities Augustine wrote about, the earthly and heavenly, collapse into one.