Salt of the Earth: Christianity and the Catholic Church at the End of the Millennium

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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, well-known Vatican prelate and head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gives a full-length interview to a secular journalist on a host of controversial and difficult issues facing Catholicism and Christianity at the end of the Millennium.
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Salt of the Earth: The Church at the End of the Millennium - An Interview with Peter Seewald

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Overview

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, well-known Vatican prelate and head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gives a full-length interview to a secular journalist on a host of controversial and difficult issues facing Catholicism and Christianity at the end of the Millennium.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the same style as the 1985 bestseller The Ratzinger Report, this is a question-and-answer interview with the much-loved and much-maligned head of the Vatican's Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith, a man who, after the pope, is the most high-profile Vatican official. Peter Seewald, a secular German journalist, pops the questions, and Ratzinger replies. This book is divided into three sets of questions: on Ratzinger's personal history; on the state of the Catholic church today; and, on the future of the church. Cardinal Ratzinger comes across in ways unlikely to be thoroughly pleasing either to the right or to the left. For example, his observations on the contemporary Roman Catholic liturgy will not be easily dismissed by Catholic liberals, and his pastoral sensitivity to the use of contraceptives will startle hardline conservative Catholics. Although Seewald seems to want Ratzinger to embrace a more reactionary Catholic conservatism, Ratzinger is unwilling to be caught doing so, and the book may both surprise and humble its readers, regardless of their ideological leanings. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898706406
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 283
  • Sales rank: 693,534
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
The Catholic Faith; Words and Signs 9
Pt. 1 Personal Biography
Background and Vocation 41
The Young Professor 59
Bishop and Cardinal 81
The Prefect and His Pope 89
Pt. 2 Problems of the Catholic Church
Rome under Fire 121
On the State of the Church 129
The Situation in Germany 154
Causes of the Decline 163
The Mistakes of the Church 170
The Canon of Criticism 181
Pt. 3 On the Threshold of a New Era
Two Thousand Years of Salvation History - and Still No Redemption? 217
Catharsis - A New Millennium - A Time of Testing 228
A "New Springtime of the Human Spirit" for the Third Millennium 233
Priorities of the Church's Development 239
Future of the Church - Church of the Future 254
The True History of the World 276
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