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Title: Faith and Future
Author: Joseph Ratzinger
Publication Date: 30-Mar-09
It is precisely in times of vehement historical upheaval, when all the past seems to dissolve and completely new things seem to emerge, that men need to reflect upon history, which enables them to see the unreal exaggeration of the moment in the right perspective and integrates them again into a happening that never repeats itself but, on the other hand, never loses its unity and its context. You might say: "Have we heard correctly; reflection upon history? That means looking back into the past, and we were expecting a glimpse into the future.' You have heard correctly: but I maintain that reflection upon history properly understood, embraces both looking back into the past and, with that as the starting point, reflecting on the possibilities and tasks of the future, which can only become clear if we survey a fairly long stretch of the road and do not naively shut More...
Title: Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism
Author: Joseph Ratzinger
Publication Date: Sep-97
Cardinal Ratzinger has produced a small and worthwhile book consisting of short lectures and articles presenting his insight into the Catechism of the Catholic Church. In the preface, he notes with satisfaction that the Catechism has been enthusiastically adopted by the Christian public although some establishment academics hold it askance. In this book, he assists those eager to embrace the Catechism with his accessible commentary on various aspects of the Catechism. In my view, the most significant chapter deals with the "biblical realism" of the Catechism which treats the Jesus of the Gospels as the real Jesus, in contrast to the absurd reconstructions of idle professors who peddle their fictions as the so-called "historical Jesus." He also has a chapter on the relation of Judaism and Christianity which is in welcome contrast to the recent defective and mediocre reflection on the issue by a group associated with the U.S. Bishops' More...
Title: The Ratzinger Report
Author: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Publication Date: Augst 1987
A Cardinal and a layman meeting in the Tyrlean Alps for an interview of several days. Ratzinger responded with extreme candor to Messori's many questions- including the most controversial. It is the longest and most complete interview with a head of a Congregation whose name has been linked for centuries with mystery and secrecy. 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 everyday receives the most reliable information from every continent. Yet Ratzinger's observations are as hopeful and balanced as they are clear-sighted, More...
Title: Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
Author: Pope Benedict XVI
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication Date: 11/21/12
Format: Trade Paperback
The momentous third and final volume in the Pope’s international bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series, detailing how the stories of Jesus’ infancy and childhood are as relevant today as they were two thousand years ago. In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus.” Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life as a child. The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary. This is a story of longing and seeking, as demonstrated by the Magi searching for the redemption offered by the birth of a new king. It is a story of sacrifice and trusting completely in the wisdom of God as seen in the faith of Simeon, the More...