Aug 15, 2009

Thorough Biography ?

I've just finished reading Paul Spackman's biography of JPI, God's Candidate, described on the back cover as "a thorough account of the extraordinary life of Albino Luciani, the first full analysis in English of his whole life....which lays to rest many popular misconceptions and a great deal of false information." The author does make a modest effort to deal fairly with Luciani's statements on birth control. However, since the author fails to include any mention of Luciani's alleged statements in defense of homosexuals, particularly in regard to adoptions, one can only describe this book as yet another sanitized piece of disinformation - very pious, bland and safe. But then, of course, it is published by Gracewing Press which acts as a distributor for Our Sunday Visitor, among other conservative Catholic publications.