A Sensitive Head

Light of the World
The Pope, the Church, and the Signs of the Times
Benedict XVI, interviewed by Peter Seewald. Translated by Michael J. Miller and Adrian J. Walker
Ignatius Press, $21.95, 239 pp.

Like most Evangelicals of my generation—like most Protestants for the last five centuries—I was raised to regard the Vatican as a den of iniquity and the pope as the living symbol of all that was wrong with the Roman Catholic Church. Pius XII, the pope in office when I entered grade school in the 1950s, had no individual reality for me, nor did his immediate successors: they were merely different versions of “the pope,” a figure at once sinister and ridiculous.

All that has changed,...

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John Wilson is the editor of Books & Culture.