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. 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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About the Author
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (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.
Table of Contents
Foreword George Weigel ix
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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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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