Revered and Reviled explores the ways that Vatican Council I influenced the important issues of papal primacy and the infallible teaching magisterium of the Pope. The book clarifies and corrects many misunderstood concepts and conclusions about the first Council. Although this is, first and foremost, a church history, it is written with the educated lay reader in mind. Vatican Council I laid the groundwork for critical issues relating to the Pope's power, especially the subjects of papal primacy and infallibility. The Council's conclusion remain important today, as Pope Francis looks toward synodality as the way of the Catholic Church. In essence, Revered and Reviled is hugely important because it is the first book to correct long-held misconceptions that have guided the philosophical position of the Catholic church for the last 145 years. With broad distribution, it should impact Catholic scholars, theologians and the faithful around the world.
John Raphael Quinn is the Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of San Francisco he served as the archdiocese's sixth archbishop from 1977 to 1995. He also served as Archbishop of Oklahoma City and as the president of the United States Catholic Conference and National Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is the author of Reform of the Papacy: The Costly Call to Christian Unity (Crossroad Publishing) and Ever Ancient, Ever New: Structures of Communion in the Church.