Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Notre Dame Press
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I express my deep gratitude to those without whose assistance this volume could not have come to completion. This includes professors Lawrence S. Cunningham and Cyril J. O’Regan at the University of Notre Dame, who helped...
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“God Is Love.” Such is our faith, the faith of the Church. As theologians and colleagues from other disciplines, we seek to understand this profound truth ever more clearly, to discover it ever anew, and to be able to communicate what we have discovered ever more persuasively. In doing so, we acknowledge...
Chapter 1: Benedict the Augustinian
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The title of this essay expresses the claim that the theology of Benedict XVI is constitutively Augustinian, that is, that “Augustinianism” is the proper description of Benedict’s oeuvre in whole and in part. And although the point should be obvious, I will make it anyway: this is to deny that Benedict’s...
The Dynamic of Advent
Chapter 2: Culture and Conscience in the Thought of Joseph Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI
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Benedict XVI’s opposition to the “dictatorship of relativism” derives from a homily delivered in St. Peter’s Basilica on the eve of the conclave at which he was elected pope. Too often the phrase is taken as if it were a blast from a bunker in the...
Chapter 3: Resolving the Relativity Paradox
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The issue of relativism has long been a concern of Joseph Ratzinger, not only as a theologian, but also, most famously, as cardinal prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and of course now as pope, feliciter regnans. But to understand...
Chapter 4: A Depth of Otherness
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In 1951, fourteen years before the publication of Nostra Aetate , the Second Vatican Council’s great summons to the mutually entailed enterprises of theology of religions and interreligious dialogue, Henri de Lubac, later to be recognized...
Chapter 5: Reflections on Introduction to Christianity
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It may be the case that, as the Italians would say, the story is ben trovato, but some reports have indicated that Pope Paul VI was so impressed with Joseph Ratzinger’s Introduction to Christianity that it was among his reasons for naming...
Caritas in Veritate
Chapter 6: God’s Saving Justice
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In both substance and sensibility, Pope Benedict XVI’s writings on politics portray the modern world as an “age of upheaval,” to borrow from the title of a book he published just before he became pope.1 Having lived through Nazi Germany...
Chapter 7: Development Driven by Hope and Gratuitousness
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Hope and gratuitousness characterize Pope Benedict XVI’s social teaching and give a thicker meaning to that “inquiry into nature and the causes of the wealth of nations” which should be the core of economics. Development,..
God Is Love
Chapter 8: Papal Ecclesiology
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To many Catholics, Ratzinger’s “universalist” ecclesiology represents a top-down idea of the Church, that is, a conception of the Church as a Platonic Idea that generates its local variants. If I had had any interest in ecclesiology before..
Chapter 9: The Baptism of Jesus
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In this essay I would like to consider the problem of Jesus’ participation in the baptism of John, an event that appears near the beginning of all three synoptic Gospels. It is one of those rare moments in the history of Jesus research...
Chapter 10: The Feast of Peace
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Pope Benedict XVI’s eucharistic theology is marked by a commitment to the traditional Roman Catholic doctrine, stated clearly in the Council of Trent, that the Mass is a sacrifice. His understanding of the sacrifice of the Mass, however...
Chapter 11: Mary in the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI
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In 1961, in preparation for the Second Vatican Council, Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, then a young theologian at the University of Bonn, wrote a speech for Joseph Cardinal Frings, archbishop of Cologne. In this speech Ratzinger urged that Mariology be placed fully in the context of ecclesiology. He wrote...
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Publication Year: 2013