I saw the playwright Anthony McCarten’s book in my local library’s new book shelf. I wondered what a non-journalist, non-theologian would have to say about “the pope.”
It’s a quick read. Not very flattering of the last three popes, but that information (secret rehabs of abusers, particular episodes in the Archdiocese of Munich and the Dirty War) has been hashed out and pundited elsewhere. Supporters and detractors will find nothing new to embraqce or deny, as their own belief system is set.
I read this was a stage production and a movie seems planned to follow. It has something of the read of an author of fiction or stage. That’s not to say the details are fabricated. They are interpreted through the lens of drama. I suppose it has a certain hagiographic feel–a link to tradition that might surprise the author.