Salt of the Earth: Christianity and the Catholic Church at the End of the Millennium: An Interview With Peter Seewald

Salt of the Earth: Christianity and the Catholic Church at the End of the Millennium: An Interview With Peter Seewald

by Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Adrian Walker
     
 

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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, well-known Vatical 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 today.

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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, well-known Vatical 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 today.

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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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898706406
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
283
Sales rank:
831,551
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As Pope he authored the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth; and 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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