J. M. Cameron (review date 3 May 1979)
SOURCE: “Where the New Pope Stands,” in New York Review of Books, May 3, 1979, pp. 14-20.
[In the following review, Cameron examines John Paul's leadership, social vision, and thought in Sign of Contradiction.]
Interest in the Papacy has increased since the short pontificate of John XXIII. The good nature and charm of John were irresistible. As a personality Paul VI was less expansive; the task of presiding over the consequences of the second Vatican Council was something he did with great ability, but he found it tormenting, and this was evident in the tone of his later speeches, plaintive, passionate, mournful. John Paul I was an instant success: it seemed as...
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