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

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.

A Council That Will Never End

Lumen Gentium and the Church Today


Author: Paul Lakeland

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814680917

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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Lumen Gentium, Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, changed how the church thinks about the laity, holiness, baptism, and even the nature and purpose of the church itself. In A Council That Will Never End, the highly regarded ecclesiologist Paul Lakeland marks the fiftieth anniversary of this document's promulgation by taking up three major themes of the constitution, analyzing the text, and identifying some of the questions with which it leaves us. These themes are the role of the bishop in the church and the ways Lumen Gentium's teaching relates to various tensions in today's church the laity and in particular the mixed blessing of describing them in the category of "secularity" and the relationships between the church and the people of God and what they tell us about the ways in which all people are offered salvation. Lakeland is convinced that Lumen Gentium leaves much unfinished business (as any historical document must), that attending to it will take us beyond much of the now sterile ecclesial divisions, and that the ecclesiology of humility it implies marks the way that theology must guide the church in the years ahead.

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.

Die Relationalität des Subjektes im Kontext der Religionshermeneutik

Arbeitsdokumentation eines Symposiums


Author: Gerhard Oberhammer,Marcus Schmücker

Publisher: Austrian Academy of Sciences


Category: Religion

Page: 351

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English summary: The combined studies in this anthology document the now ninth interdisciplinary symposia, hosted by the Institute of Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, held in Vienna in September 2008 under the title of "The Subject as Principle of Relationality in Con-Text of Religious Hermeneutics." This symposium was supposed to demonstrate that in the perspective of religious hermeneutics, "religion," without a discussion about the subject and without the questions regarding its relationality, remains incomplete. Every study in this volume draws close to the problem, of how in context of a religious tradition, subjectivity can be unified with relationality. For the subject there always falls a double meaning. On the one hand the relationality of the subject means a fundamental orientation to transcendence. One the other hand realtionality denotes a subject in connections to other subjects as encountering "togetherness. German description: Die in diesem Sammelband vereinigten Beiträge dokumentieren das mittlerweile neunte interdisziplinäre Symposion, das vom Institut fuer Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte Asiens der Ã_sterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften veranstaltet und im September 2008 unter dem Titel "Das Subjekt als Prinzip der Relationalität im Kon-text der Religionshermeneutik" in Wien abgehalten wurde. Bei diesem Symposion sollte gezeigt werden, dass in religionshermeneutischer Perspektive "Religion" ohne eine Diskussion ueber das Subjekt und ohne die Frage nach seiner Relationalität unvollständig bleibt. Alle Beiträge dieses Bandes nähern sich dem Problem, wie im Kontext einer religiösen Tradition Subjektivität mit Relationalität verbunden werden kann. Dem Subjekt fällt dabei stets eine doppelte Bedeutung zu. Einerseits meint die Relationalität des Subjektes eine grundlegende Bezogenheit auf Transzendenz. Andererseits kennzeichnet Rela-tionalität ein Subjekt in Beziehung zu anderen Subjekten als begegnendes "Mitsein".