.- According to renowned Vatican observer Sandro Magister of the online weekly âLâEspresso,â what Pope John Paul II writes, as well as what he doesnât write, in his new autobiographical work, âGet Up! Letâs Go!,â which has already sold more than 150,000 copies in Italy in the first week, manifests the preferences and concerns of the Pontiff.
Magister points out first of all the Popeâs appreciation of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. âThe Pope recalls Ratzinger's entire curriculum,â says Magister. âNo other person in the book is called âfaithful friendâ by Wojtyla,â he writes, adding that âthe name of Ratzinger has risen decisively in the list of papabili.â
According to Magister, the Pope expresses his fascination with the future of Christianity in Asia. But while he ignores India, where âthe theology of religious pluralism has taken root, which is destructive to missionary propagation,â he emphasizes the Philippines and Korea as âtheatres of a popular Catholicism which is doctrinally disciplined, morally demanding, and fiercely expansive.â
Magister also takes notice of the Popeâs praise for different movements and the ones he mentions by name. Although the Pope writes that âit is not possible to mention them all,â Magister is surprised at the absence of any mention of the Community of St. Egidio, which was born in Rome.
âEvidently the closeness of the Pope which Andrea Riccardi and other leaders of the movement take every possible occasion to proclaim is not as strong as they say it is.â
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