My friend and colleague Matthew Fox, whom I interviewed as part of “The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity” conversation series, has never been one to shy away from controversy. With a deep and abiding love for the Church and a prophet’s commitment to speaking the truth as he sees it, unflinchingly, Matt has written a book sure to generate rich discussion, especially within Roman Catholic circles.

Here’s the publisher’s announcement…

Theologian Matthew Fox, a former Catholic priest silenced by Pope Benedict XVI when he was Cardinal Ratzinger, recounts the “war for the soul of the Catholic Church” waged by Benedict and his predecessor, John Paul II. His new book, The Pope’s War: Why Ratzinger’s Secret Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved is a searing indictment that portrays a church hierarchy obsessed with rooting out theological dissent and crushing creativity, while covering up the pedophile crisis. The Pope’s War begins by recounting Ratzinger’s life story, including his “conversion” from an up-and-coming progressive theologian at Vatican II to “ecclesial climber and chief inquisitor” who proceeded, along with Pope John Paul II, to dismantle the work of Vatican II, including the promises of collegiality, lay leadership, and theological pluralism. Fox concludes that the last two papacies have created a schism in the church by ignoring Vatican II but ends with a hopeful vision for the future. He believes that the Holy Spirit is at work in “ending the Catholic Church as we know it” and making it possible to “push the restart button on Christianity.”


Matthew Fox holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. The founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in California, he conducts dozens of workshops each year and is a visiting scholar at the Academy for the Love of Learning ( He is the author of 28 critically acclaimed books, published in over 40 languages and available worldwide. He lives in Oakland, California.

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