Church, Ecumenism, and Politicsby Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
The first part of the book explores Vatican II's teaching on the Church, what it means to call the Church "the
In this collection of essays, theologian Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, tackles three major issues in the Church today-the nature of the Church, the pursuit of Christian unity, and the relationship of Christianity to secular/political power.
The first part of the book explores Vatican II's teaching on the Church, what it means to call the Church "the People of God", the role of the Pope, and the synod of bishops. In part two, Ratzinger frankly assesses the ecumenical movement-its achievements, problems, and principles for authentic progress toward Christian unity. In the third part of the work, Ratzinger discusses both fundamental questions and particular issues concerning the Church, the state and human fulfillment in the age to come. What does the Bible say about faith and politics? How should the Church work in pluralistic societies? What are the problems with liberation theology?
The result is an exciting and stimulating work, which can be provoking but never boring.
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Pope Benedict XVI is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual writers of our age
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