The Ratzinger Reader

Mapping a Theological Journey


Author: Joseph Ratzinger,Pope Benedict XVI

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0567032140

Category: Religion

Page: 286

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`An invaluable, unique resource for readers of Roman Catholic theology' PHILIP ENDEAN, S.J., CAMPION HALL, OXFORD, UK `First as a theologian, then bishop and later the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Joseph Ratzinger is often thought to have moved steadily to the right. In this collection, Gerard Mannion and Lieven Boeve dispel such easy generalizations. With judiciously chosen and suitably lengthy extracts from Ratzinger's writings, accompanied by helpful editorial comments, these two leading European Catholic theologians demonstrate the continuity of the one Ratzinger and consequently shed light on the complexity of his present-day role as Pope. Anyone who wishes to understand better the current face of Roman theology is greatly in their debt.' PAUL LAKELAND, FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY, USA `An indispensable guide for understanding the theology of Joseph Ratzinger. Ratzinger insists that his theological opinions are distinct from his official positions as prefect and pope, but this collection shows otherwise. A very personal theology has become the official theology of the church.'---BRADFORD HINZE, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, USA `Anyone attempting to gain serious familiarity with the theology of Joseph Ratzinger will find this book invaluable. It is not just a conventional reader but a uniquely structured, signposted guide through the terrain of Ratzinger's theology as a whole. It comes at exactly the right time in emerging Ratzinger scholarship, providing a pathway for the uninitiated as well as a compact one-volume resource for those who are further along the road. I recommend it highly.'-JAMES CORKERY, S.J., MILLTOWN INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY, DUBLIN, IRELAND

Die Theologie Joseph Ratzingers/Benedikts XVI.

Ein Blick auf das Ganze


Author: Siegfried Wiedenhofer

Publisher: Verlag Friedrich Pustet

ISBN: 3791771280

Category: Religion

Page: 864

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Siegfried Wiedenhofer, Schüler und langjähriger Assistent Joseph Ratzingers an den Universitäten Bonn, Tübingen und Regensburg, legt hier eine Gesamtdarstellung der Theologie Ratzingers vor, die in ihrer Differenziertheit und zwischen "pro- gressistischen" und "traditionalistischen" Positionen vermittelnden Darstellung ihresgleichen sucht. Der Autor objektiviert und analysiert das umfassende Werk seines Lehrers, befragt es auf seine Stimmigkeit und vergleicht es mit Alternativen. Die exzeptionelle theologie- und kirchengeschichtliche Größe dieses Werks sieht Wiedenhofer darin, dass es in den größten Umbruchzeiten der Kirchengeschichte Kontinuität und Erneuerung, Einheit und Vielheit, Innerlichkeit und Äußerlichkeit des Glaubens und der Kirche so verbunden hat, dass ein Auseinanderbrechen der Kirche bisher verhindert worden ist.

Are Non-Christians Saved?

Joseph Ratzinger's Thoughts on Religious Pluralism


Author: Ambrose Mong

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780747152

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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Religious pluralism is thriving and becoming vitally important. This is not only the case in Asia with its myriad religious beliefs and practices, but also in Europe, which has seen the growth and development of many non-Christian religious traditions which compete with its Christian heritage. Joseph Ratzinger, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and now Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI, is commonly regarded as a conservative theologian who sees religious pluralism as a challenge to the church’s ability to proclaim the gospel with greater fidelity. This means that in the face of multiple religious beliefs, Christians must be convinced of the truth of their faith. The author examine Ratzinger’s thoughts on this issue of religious pluralism, in order to evaluate how the official church has responded to the call of Vatican II to create a dialogue with non-Christian faiths. This book, thus, attempts to understand what the ‘guardian of the faith’ says and why he says it. It does this by looking at Ratzinger’s educational, cultural and religious background to reveal his Eurocentric bias, particularly in his ecclesiology, ecumenical theology, and attitude towards religious pluralism with its ‘evil twins’ of relativism and secularism.

Dialogue Derailed

Joseph Ratzinger’s War against Pluralist Theology


Author: Ambrose Mong

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0227906195

Category: Religion

Page: 358

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Joseph Ratzinger has shaped and guided the church’s understanding of its mission to proclaim the good news, as well as to forge good relations with non-Catholic Christian communities, other religious traditions, and with the secular world at large. Through a critique of Ratzinger’s theology, this book draws attention to the importance of theological discourses originating from non-European contexts. Mong highlights the gap between a dogmatic understanding of the faith and the pastoral realities of the Asian church, as well as the difficulties faced by Asian theologians trying to make their voices heard in a church still dominated by Western thinking. While Mong concurs with much of Ratzinger’s analysis of the problems in modern society such as the aggressive secularism and crisis of faith in Europe-he focuses attention on the realities of religious pluralism in Asia, which require the church to adopt a different approach in its theological formulations and pastoral practices.

The Church

Theology in History


Author: Frederick J. Cwiekowski

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814644910

Category: Religion

Page: 424

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The historical context in which theological understandings have developed play an important role in our understanding of the modern church. In this book, Sulpician priest and scholar Frederick J. Cwiekowski traces the theology of the church, beginning with the community of disciples during Jesus' ministry and the New Testament era. He continues through the various periods of history, highlighting events from both the East and West, including the remarkable developments surrounding the Second Vatican Council, the post-conciliar period, and today’s pontificate of Pope Francis. With this book, intended for general readers and students of theology, Cwiekowski hopes to promote an appreciation of the mystery that is the church.

John Calvin's Ecclesiology

Ecumenical Perspectives


Author: Gerard Mannion,Eduardus Van der Borght

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 0567508706

Category: Religion

Page: 254

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Many events were staged and a plethora of new books appeared to mark the quincentenary of the birth of John Calvin, in 2009. But one area received considerably less attention in that anniversary year - namely, Calvin's ecclesiology. This study explores the development and fundamental legacy of Calvin's perspectives on and relationship with the church. Contributions are included which explore the later development and 'denominational variations' of Calvin's ecclesiology, along with ecumenical discussions/responses to and implications of Calvin's understanding of the church. There are further chapters which focus on particular aspects such as Calvin's ecclesiological method, understanding of ministry, the 'sacramental' principle, the 'invisible church' etc. Contributions on the use of Calvin's ecclesiology by later and modern/contemporary ecclesiologists also feature. This is a volume that brings together leading and emerging theological voices from Europe, North America and Latino America and from across the different theological sub-disciplines. Significantly, the book has a decidedly ecumenical perspective, with writers from several different denominational traditions contributing.

Sacramental Presence after Heidegger

Onto-theology, Sacraments, and the Mother’s Smile


Author: Conor Sweeney

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630878685

Category: Religion

Page: 268

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Theology after Heidegger must take into account history and language as constitutive elements in the pursuit of meaning. Quite often, this prompts a hurried flight from metaphysics to an embrace of an absence at the center of Christian narrativity. In this book, Conor Sweeney explores the "postmodern" critique of presence in the context of sacramental theology, engaging the thought of Louis-Marie Chauvet and Lieven Boeve. Chauvet is an influential postmodern theologian whose critique of the perceived onto-theological constitution of presence in traditional sacramental theology has made big waves, while Boeve is part of a more recent generation of theologians who even more wholeheartedly embrace postmodern consequences for theology. Sweeney considers the extent to which postmodernism a la Heidegger upsets the hermeneutics of sacramentality, asking whether this requires us to renounce the search for a presence that by definition transcends us. Against both the fetishization of presence and absence, Sweeney argues that metaphysics has a properly sacramental basis, and that it is only through this reality that the dialectic of presence and absence can be transcended. The case is made for the full but restless signification of the mother's smile as the paradigm for genuine sacramental presence.

The Ratzinger Report

An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church


Author: Vittorio Messori,Benedict XVI

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 9780898700800

Category: Religion

Page: 197

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Cardinal Ratzinger speaks candidly and forcefully about the state of the Church in the Post-Vatican II era. Here is the complete text of a meeting many have called a "historical turnabout" in the Church. The roots of the crisis that has troubled Catholics in the twenty years since the Council are analyzed with forthright clarity by one of the most authoritative voices in the Vatican. Here is a clear and uncompromising report on the dangers that threaten the Faith, from one who every day receives the most reliable information from every continent. Yet Ratzinger's observations are as hopeful and balanced as they are clear-sighted, forcefully re-affirming the immense and positive work of Vatican II, whose genuine fruits this book provides a guideline for achieving.

Letzte Gespräche

Mit Peter Seewald


Author: Benedikt XVI.,Peter Seewald

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426440520

Category: Religion

Page: 288

View: 5588

Erstmals in der Geschichte des Christentums: Ein Papst zieht die Bilanz seiner Amtszeit In den Gesprächen, die Papst Benedikt XVI. mit dem Journalisten Peter Seewald kurz vor und nach seinem Rücktritt geführt hat, blicken sie auf das Pontifikat des deutschen Papstes zurück. Nie zuvor hat Benedikt XVI. so offen über die Hintergründe seiner überraschenden Demission und die Erneuerung des Glaubens als das große Thema seines Pontifikats gesprochen, aber auch über kontroverse Themen seiner Amtszeit, etwa das Verhältnis zu Juden und Muslimen/Islam, Vatileaks oder die Affäre um die Piusbruderschaft. Und nie zuvor hat dieser Papst so persönlich über seinen Zugang zum Glauben, die gegenwärtigen Herausforderungen für das Christentum und die Zukunft der Kirche Auskunft gegeben. Seine Erinnerungen an die Familie, an wichtige Weggefährten und prägende Ereignisse seines Lebens unterstreichen den besonderen Charakter dieses Buches. Nach den Interviewbüchern "Salz der Erde", "Gott und die Welt" und "Licht der Welt", die Benedikt XVI./Joseph Ratzinger und Peter Seewald veröffentlicht haben und die allesamt Bestseller waren, sind die "Letzten Gespräche" das Vermächtnis des deutschen Papstes, einem der bedeutendsten Denker und Theologen unserer Zeit. Er hat acht Jahre lang die Geschicke des Vatikan geleitet und als Pontifex Maximus an der Spitze der katholischen Kirche mit ihren 1,3 Milliarden Mitgliedern bedeutende Wegmarkierungen gesetzt und wichtige Impulse für die Kirche des 3. Jahrtausends gegeben. Über den Bestseller "Licht der Welt" notierte die "Süddeutsche Zeitung": "Seewalds Interviewbuch mit dem Papst ist selbstverständlich eine Sensation: So ausführlich hat noch nie ein Papst Rede und Antwort gestanden" (SZ, 20.12.2010). Benedikt XVI., 1927 als Joseph Ratzinger geboren, war Professor für Theologie, Erzbischof von München und Freising (1977-1982) und Präfekt der Glaubenskongregation (1982-2005), bevor er im Konklave 2005 zum Papst gewählt wurde; 2013 überraschte er die Welt mit seinem Rücktritt. Peter Seewald, Jahrgang 1954, arbeitete als Journalist für den SPIEGEL, den STERN und das Magazin der SÜDDEUTSCHEN ZEITUNG. Er gilt heute als einer der erfolgreichsten religiösen Autoren Deutschlands. Seine bekanntesten Bücher sind neben "Salz der Erde", "Gott und die Welt" und "Licht der Welt" die Werke "Jesus Christus. Die Biografie" und "Gott ohne Volk?" (zus. mit Bischof Stefan Oster).

Catholic social justice

theological and practical explorations


Author: Philomena Cullen,Bernard Hoose,Gerard Mannion,CARITAS (Organization)

Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group


Category: Law

Page: 250

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An examination of the social issues facing the church today.

Glaube - Wahrheit - Toleranz

das Christentum und die Weltreligionen


Author: Pope Benedict XVI

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783451281105

Category: Christianity and other religions

Page: 220

View: 4051

Kardinal Ratzingers in gewohnt intellektueller Brillanz verfasste Analyse wird kontroverse Reaktionen hervorrufen. Sein Appell, Andersglaubende zu achten, ohne das eigene Selbstverstaendnis vorschnell aufzugeben, ist eine unbequeme, aber weiterfuehrende Wortmeldung in einer notwendigen Diskussion.

Der Geist der Liturgie

eine Einführung


Author: Benedikt XVI. (Papst)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783451272479

Category: Catholic Church

Page: 208

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Joseph Ratzinger

Papst Benedikt XVI. - die neue Tradition


Author: Steffen Köhler

Publisher: J.H.Röll Verlag

ISBN: 3897542587


Page: 203

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Das Ökumeneverständnis Joseph Ratzingers


Author: Thorsten Maassen

Publisher: V&R unipress GmbH

ISBN: 3899717988

Category: Religion

Page: 406

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English summary: The unity of the Church and its fragility are one of the issues with which Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, has concerned himself since the beginning of his academic career. This book traces historic and systematic aspects of Ratzinger's understanding of ecumenism in his writings up until the papal election in April 2005. Central to his understanding is the hermeneutics of unity, with which Ratzinger defies all forms of confessional self-conceit. The author reveals continuity and developments, for instance in Ratzinger's assessment of subsistit in from the church constitution of the Second Vatican Council. He analyses Ratzinger's view on the problem of ecclesiality of the divided churches: on the one hand Ratzinger advocates the ecclesiastical dignity of those baptised outside the Roman Catholic Church. On the other hand, he firmly upholds the belief that the visible church of Jesus Christ only exists in the Catholic church. In particular Ratzinger's contributions to the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification and on the significance of the Augsburg Confession are presented and commented with a view to the Protestant churches. Maassen concludes by pointing out prospects for future Protestant/Catholic encounters. German text. German description: Die Einheit der Kirche und ihre Zerbrechlichkeit gehoren zu den Themen, um die sich Joseph Ratzinger, der heutige Papst Benedikt XVI., vom Beginn seiner akademischen Laufbahn an sorgt. Dieses Buch spurt historischen und systematischen Aspekten des Okumeneverstandnisses Ratzingers in seinen Schriften bis zur Papstwahl im April 2005 nach. Als dessen Mitte verweist er auf die Hermeneutik der Einheit, mit der sich Ratzinger jeder konfessionellen Selbstgenugsamkeit widersetzt. Der Autor zeigt Kontinuitat und Entwicklungen auf, etwa in Ratzingers Beurteilung des subsistit in aus der Kirchenkonstitution des Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzils. Er analysiert Ratzingers Sicht auf das Problem der Ekklesialitat der getrennten Kirchen: Einerseits setzt sich Ratzinger fur die kirchliche Wurde der Getauften ausserhalb der romisch-katholischen Kirche ein. Andererseits halt er mit Bestimmtheit daran fest, dass nur in der katholischen Kirche die sichtbare Kirche Jesu Christi besteht. Im Blick auf die evangelischen Kirchen werden insbesondere Ratzingers Beitrage zur Gemeinsamen Erklarung uber die Rechtfertigungslehre sowie zur Bedeutung der Confessio Augustana dargestellt und kommentiert. Abschliessend zeigt Maassen Perspektiven fur die weitere evangelisch-katholische Begegnung auf.

The Columbia History of Post-World War II America


Author: Mark C Carnes

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231511809

Category: History

Page: 544

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Beginning with an analysis of cultural themes and ending with a discussion of evolving and expanding political and corporate institutions, The Columbia History of Post-World War II America addresses changes in America's response to the outside world; the merging of psychological states and social patterns in memorial culture, scandal culture, and consumer culture; the intersection of social practices and governmental policies; the effect of technological change on society and politics; and the intersection of changing belief systems and technological development, among other issues. Many had feared that Orwellian institutions would crush the individual in the postwar era, but a major theme of this book is the persistence of individuality and diversity. Trends toward institutional bigness and standardization have coexisted with and sometimes have given rise to a countervailing pattern of individualized expression and consumption. Today Americans are exposed to more kinds of images and music, choose from an infinite variety of products, and have a wide range of options in terms of social and sexual arrangements. In short, they enjoy more ways to express their individuality despite the ascendancy of immense global corporations, and this volume imaginatively explores every facet of this unique American experience.