Benedict XVI: A Portrait

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After decades of reporting on the Catholic church and many personal meetings with Joseph Ratzinger, no other writer but Dr. Fischer could present this insightful look at the life of the complex theologian and cardinal, and the challenges confronting the new Pope Benedict XVI.

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Overview

After decades of reporting on the Catholic church and many personal meetings with Joseph Ratzinger, no other writer but Dr. Fischer could present this insightful look at the life of the complex theologian and cardinal, and the challenges confronting the new Pope Benedict XVI.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824523725
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/25/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Returning to Bavaria 1
Our First Meeting 1
The Making of a Conservative 3
The Episcopal Call 5
Facing Pastoral Challenges 8
The Call to Rome 11
The Pope's Candid Theologian 11
The Fight over Liberation Theology 13
The Preferential Option for the Poor 16
Another Phone Call 18
At Home in the Catholic World 19
Meeting Mozart in Heaven 22
The Good Health of the Church 24
Prescribing Strong Medicine 26
A Cardinal in Dialogue 28
Cultural Ferment and the Faith 31
Shouldering a Heavy Burden 33
The Long Shadow of History 35
Famous Instructions 36
There He Stands 39
A Joyful Confidence 42
An Intellectual Rooted in Faith 43
The Prefect's Register of "Sins" 45
A Deputy Pope for Germany? 48
Controversial Issues 50
The Conversion of the Prefect 52
Time of Transition 59
Four Cardinals at the Center 59
Stepping Out of the Shadow 64
A Tough Act to Follow 67
The Last Message of John Paul II 70
Behind Closed Doors 74
Continuity or New Beginnings? 77
The Search for a Successor 80
Rising to the Challenge 83
A Cardinal's Manifesto 89
The Conclave Begins 91
A Spiritually Fruitful Election 96
Accepted in Humility 98
Pope Benedict XVI 103
In the Vineyard of the Lord 103
The Pope from Bavaria 104
Proud of Being Catholic 105
Blessings that Flow from a Name 106
Grateful Devotion to the Church 110
Sermon of a Lifetime 112
"I Am Very Deeply Moved" 121
"My Yoke Is Easy, My Burden Is Light" 124
Let the Faith Shine 127
The Festive Inauguration 132
Homily at the Inauguration 137
First Steps 147
The Joyful Exhortation 149
The Expectations for Reform 150
Conservative in Principle 152
Upholding the Tradition 154
Faith as the Reason for Joy 156
The New Pope and the New Catholics 161
Salt of the Earth 164
Appendixes 167
1 Chronology of Joseph Ratzinger-Pope Benedict XVI 167
2 Cardinal Ratzinger's Sermon at the Requiem of John Paul II 169
3 The Cardinal Electors, 2005 175
4 Benedict of Nursia 188
5 The Roman Popes and the Benedicts 190
A Word from the Publisher 212
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