Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times [NOOK Book]

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Never has a Pope, in a book-length interview, dealt so directly with such wide-ranging and controversial issues as Pope Benedict XVI does in Light of the World. Taken from a recent week-long series of interviews with veteran journalist Peter Seewald, this book tackles head-on some of the greatest issues facing the world of our time. Seewald poses such forthright questions to ...
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Overview

Never has a Pope, in a book-length interview, dealt so directly with such wide-ranging and controversial issues as Pope Benedict XVI does in Light of the World. Taken from a recent week-long series of interviews with veteran journalist Peter Seewald, this book tackles head-on some of the greatest issues facing the world of our time. Seewald poses such forthright questions to Pope Benedict as:


• What caused the clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church?
• Was there a "cover up"?
• Have you considered resigning?
• Does affirming the goodness of the human body mean a plea for "better sex"?
• Can there be a genuine dialogue with Islam?
• Should the Church rethink Catholic teaching on priestly celibacy, women priests, contraception, and same-sex relationships?
• Holy Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics?
• Is there a schism in the Catholic Church?
• Should there be a Third Vatican Council?
• Is there any hope for Christian unity?
• Is Christianity the only truth?
• Can the Pope really speak for Jesus Christ?
• How can the Pope claim to be "infallible"?
• Is there a "dictatorship of relativism" today?

Twice before these two men held wide-ranging discussions, which became the best-selling books Salt of the Earth and God and the World. Then, Seewald's discussion partner was Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Vatican's chief doctrinal office. Now, Joseph Ratzinger is Pope Benedict XVI, the spiritual leader of the world's over one billion Catholics. Though Seewald now interviews the Pope himself, the journalist "pulls no punches", posing some of the thorniest questions any Pope has had to address. Believers and unbelievers will be fascinated to hear Benedict's thoughtful, straightforward and thought-provoking replies. This is no stern preachment or ponderous theological tract, but a lively, fast-paced, challenging, even entertaining exchange.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000922606
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 11/23/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 607,347
  • File size: 269 KB

Table of Contents

Foreword George Weigel ix

Preface xv

Part I Signs of The Times

1 Popes Do Not Fall from the Sky 3

2 The Abuse Scandal 18

3 Causes of the Crisis and a New Opportunity 34

4 The Global Catastrophe 42

5 Dictatorship of Relativism 50

6 Time for Conversion 60

Part II The Pontificate

7 Habemus Papam 69

8 In the Shoes of the Fisherman 79

9 Ecumenism and the Dialogue with Islam 86

10 Proclaiming the Gospel 102

11 The Journeys of a Shepherd 111

12 The Williamson Affair 120

Part III Where Do We Go From Here?

13 Church, Faith, and Society 133

14 Overdue Reforms? 143

15 How Is the Church Renewed? 155

16 Mary and the Message of Fatima 163

17 The Return of Jesus Christ 167

18 On the Last Things 178

Appendix

Serious Sins against Defenseless Children. From the Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, dated March 19, 2010 189

Faith and Violence. From the "Regensburg Address", dated September 12, 2006 192

Aids and the Humanization of Sexuality. From the Interview during the Flight to Cameroon on March 17, 2009 193

Benedict XVI: Curriculum Vitae and a Brief Chronicle of the Pontificate 195

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2010

    Elightening Book

    This is the most revealing look at the Pope and his views than you will ever know. It is fascinating. We'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. It will change your life and it is on sale now here on BN. Proceeds from the sale of each copy will go to support various women and children charities.

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    Great reading....!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2012

    Highly recommended

    It is an interesting look at the life of Pope Benedict and his thoughts on what is expected of him as a man of God and the leader of Catholics worldwide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2011

    Great Read

    No matter what you think of the Catholic Church by reading this you will see that the head of it at 80 is still a brilliant mind

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