ICE Breakers

AMERICAN DIRT

BOOK OF THE MOMENT

ThE TWO POPES
THE WILD CARD

Do you agree with Anthony McCarten that both Popes were reluctant to take the position?  Do you think either should have been given this position based on the doubt about their involvement or lack of helping in their homeland's authoritarian regimes?

From reading this book, do you think under Pope Francis the catholic church is undergoing a modernisation and resurgence? And do you think Pope Francis has kept to his promise of reforming the church?

Why do you think Pope Benedict changed from a young man full of change to being one of the most traditionalist popes of recent time?

Did you find this story compelling, even if you are not catholic?

Did this story enlighten you on many issues, particularly with regards secrecy/cover-ups within the church or do you think it is a sign that nothing has changed?

"Were we able to look far into the future of the catholic church and learn that its fate was to become nothing more than a sacred book club, where fans gathered once a week to discuss their favourite characters and chapters, debate passionately the themes, and draw real-life lessons from shared readings, it could do a lot worse."  Do you agree with McCarten's closing statement?

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