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Ratzinger's Faith


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His Eminence George Cardinal Pell: Foreword Introduction 1: Ratzinger and Contemporary Theological Circles 2: 'Gaudium et spes' and the Importance of Christ 3: Revelation, Scripture, and Tradition 4: Beyond Moralism: God is Love 5: The Structure of the Communion 6: Modernity and the Politics of the West 7: Liturgy since Vatican II Conclusion

About the Author

Tracey Rowland is Dean and Associate Professor of Political Philosophy and Continental Theology at the John Paul II Institute (Melbourne) and a member of the editorial board of the English language edition of the journal Communio, founded, among others, by Joseph Ratzinger and Hans Urs von Balthasar. Her first book, Culture and the Thomist Tradition: After Vatican II, was published in the Radical Orthodoxy series.


These texts provide accessible overviews of Pope Benedict's theological foundation, a foundation that influenced his priesthood as a young cleric and continues to direct his thinking as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Unlike many other recent popes, Benedict has been deeply influenced by the teachings and writings of St. Augustine, which have flavored his understanding of issues of morality, politics, ecclesiology, worship, and history. Here, Rowland (political philosophy & continental theology, John Paul II Inst., Melbourne, Australia) brilliantly identifies the subtle influences between Benedict and his theological peers and speculates on the direction of his pontificate. Her work is more theoretical than Thomas E. Woods Jr.'s Sacred Then and Sacred Now: The Return of the Old Latin Mass, which provides a useful handbook in understanding the reasons why Benedict restored the Missal of 1962 as well as commentaries on the liturgy's actual actions. Woods's book, with its practical focus, is better suited to lay worshipers, though it nicely complements Rowland's more academic text. Both are recommended for select theological collections.--John-Leonard Berg, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Platteville Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

`A book with an inspirational message.' Joanna Bogle, Catholic Times `Ratzinger's Faith is intelligent and fascinating. Although it is academic, it is accessible, clear and rarely dry. It is the sort of book that will help Catholics and non-Catholics who have encountered Ratzinger as Pope Benedict begin to understand why he does the things he does ' Catholic Herald `Pope Benedict emerges from this book as a theologian of profound intellectual depth, clarity, and enterprise ' The Church Times `Professor Rowland's study of Benedict XVI's thought, drawn from his addresses and writings, is an important, notably intelligent and stimulating introduction ' Edward Norman, The Spectator `An accessible survey of the theological landscape by an author completely at ease and in tune with her subject ' Fergus Kerr, The Tablet `[Rowland] has not only mastered a vast body of work in four languages but managed to write about it engagingly, in a style accessible to the general reader ' Christopher Pearson, The Australian

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