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Fundamental Speeches from Five Decades

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When we read through [these speeches] again, we were surprised by their lasting relevance and are therefore presenting them as fundamental speeches that display the breadth and core of the theological thought of Pope Benedict XVI.
—Dr. Florian Schuller, Editor & Director of the Catholic Academy of Bavaria

While a professor of theology and throughout his rise in the Roman Catholic hierarchy, Joseph Ratzinger again and again delivered ...

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Overview

When we read through [these speeches] again, we were surprised by their lasting relevance and are therefore presenting them as fundamental speeches that display the breadth and core of the theological thought of Pope Benedict XVI.
—Dr. Florian Schuller, Editor & Director of the Catholic Academy of Bavaria

While a professor of theology and throughout his rise in the Roman Catholic hierarchy, Joseph Ratzinger again and again delivered important speeches over the course of five decades at the Catholic Academy of Bavaria (1963-2004). The broad spectrum of topics-from the primacy of the papacy to the moral foundations of western society—demonstrated not only his breadth of knowledge but also his prescience, for these issues remain important for both the Church and modern man. The fundamental speeches in this volume are arranged thematically. And before each one is a brief introduction written by Dr. Florian Schuller, the director of the Catholic Academy of Bavaria in Munich, who also contributed the foreword.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586173036
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 1,441,921
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As theology professor, prelate, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine and now Pope, he has been an inspiring teacher and a prolific writer. As Pope he has authored important encyclicals, as well as the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth. Prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books that continue to remain important for the contemporary Church, such as Introduction to Christianity and The Spirit of the Liturgy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7

The Petrine Ministry

The Primacy of the Pope and the Unity of the People of God 13

The Creed

The Problem of the Absoluteness of the Christian Path to Salvation 37

Difficulties with the Apostles' Creed: Descent into Hell—Ascension into Heaven—Resurrection of the Body 57

The Salvation of Man—This-Worldly and Christian 81

The Church

The Nature and Limits of the Church 111

Why I Am Still in the Church 133

On the Global Task of the Christian Faith

Europe: A Heritage with Obligations for Christians 157

Interpretation—Contemplation—Action: Reflections on the Mission of a Catholic Academy 177

The Pre-political Moral Foundations at a Free State 201

Tributes

Commendation of Prime Minister Alfons Goppel, Recipient of the 1978 Romano Guardini Prize 219

From Liturgy to Christology: Romano Guardini's Basic Theological Approach and Its Significance 231

Bibhographical Notes 259

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