Adult -- We Have a Pope!
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Title: We Have a Pope! Benedict XVI
Author: Matthew E. Bunson, D.Min.
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Indiana
Date Published: May 2005
Price: 14.95 softcover
Comments: Noted Catholic author and historian Mathew Bunson, provides a
detailed portrait of Benedict XVI.
Who is Pope Benedict XVI?
"After the great John Paul II, the cardinals elected me, a simple, humble
worker in the vineyard of the Lord."
With those gentle words, Pope Benedict XVI greeted the faithful of Rome and
the world as the Church’s 265th pope.
In selecting Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to lead the Church, the cardinals
chose a man they had known well for many years, but one who remains relatively
unknown to most of the world’s Catholics.
Now, noted Catholic author and historian Mathew E. Bunson, D.Min., provides a
detailed portrait of Benedict XVI, introducing Catholics to a man of powerful
intellect and confident faith who now must lead the Church as it confronts
some of the most challenging issues facing modern men and women. Bunson examines
• What made him the man he is today • What you are not being told about him
by the secular media • What lies ahead for Catholics worldwide
Twenty-six years ago, when Karol Wojtyla was chosen to be the successor to
Peter, some of the most difficult challenges to the Church's mission came from
the East. Twenty-six years later, the most difficult challenges to the Church's
mission come from the West. There is a man now very well prepared who
understands Western society and the history of the world. — Cardinal Francis George,
Archbishop of Chicago
Pope Benedict XVI, like many people including myself, is very uncomfortable
with some of the trends that came after the Second Vatican Council, which ended
up in destroying large segments of religious life, undermining vocations,
undermining Catholic theology and moral teaching. When people say that he’s a
conservative, they’re saying that he wants to restore those vital parts of the
Catholic Christian life. I’m one hundred percent in agreement with him. —
Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.
[Pope Benedict’s] acceptance of the humanly crushing burden of the See of
Peter tells us something important about the man: Like John Paul II, this is a
Christian radical who long ago handed his life over to the will of God, manifest
through the call of the Church. — George Weigel
From the Publisher
"In choosing Cardinal Ratzinger as the next pope, the cardinals have chosen a
man well known to them for many years," says OSV Publisher and former Rome
correspondent Greg Erlandson who was in Rome for the Conclave. "Those who have
met him invariably talk of his gentleness, his shyness and at the same time his
intellectual abilities and his penetrating insights into the challenges
facing Christianity and modern society."
Pope Benedict XVI said in his introductory speech that he is ready to go to
work in God’s vineyard and that he entrusts himself to our prayers. In We Have
a Pope! Benedict XVI, written by papal expert and historian Matthew F. Bunson,
D.Min., the person and teaching of our new pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI are
revealed in the first ever papal biography which will be released on May 19th.
"It is my hope that American Catholics will come to appreciate his selection
of the name Benedict," says Erlandson. "As cardinal, Pope Benedict had a
special devotion to St. Benedict, the founder of modern monasticism, and therefore
a great saint of spirituality. Less appreciated may be the fact that he is
also the patron of Europe," Erlandson adds.
"In choosing a western European with such a devotion, the cardinals are
clearly saying that the Church's struggle for the soul of the West, for Europe and
for America, is not lost," Erlandson stresses. "The third world is critical
for the Church, and the internationalization of the Church must and will
continue to occur in this papacy. But if Christianity is to obey its evangelical
mandate, then it must not throw in the towel in those societies where consumerism
and moral relativism are most dominant. Pope Benedict is clearly accepting
this challenge." For all Catholics, the next chapter of the Church starts today
but for American Catholics who are frustrated by a certain lack of Catholic
identity, particularly younger Catholics, Pope Benedict is likely to be "a leader
who will encourage a rediscovery of our intellectual and spiritual roots,"
says Erlandson. "Like John Paul II, he is confident in the truths of the Church
and of the Gospel. Contrary to some stereotypes, he is not a ‘grand inquisitor,
’ but a man who speaks movingly of the love and mercy of God."
As we move forward, Erlandson stresses that Pope Benedict "will be truly his
own man.," adding that the Cardinals did not intend him to be only a caretaker
of the legacy of John Paul II. "This is a man with more than 50 years of
theological experience. He is one of the few key remaining theologians of the
Second Vatican Council. He will bring to the task of leading the Catholic Church
the insights of these past 50 years. He knows the Vatican Curia. He knows the
leaders of the Church around the world. His learning curve will be short, and
his impact is likely to be profound."
In his timely new work, Bunson, the author of over 30 books including Our
Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Catholic History, Encyclopedia of Saints, and
the Catholic Almanac, discusses the events leading up to the Conclave, the
candidates, the issues inside the Church, and out and most of all, the persona of
Pope Benedict XVI, the events made him the man he is today and what can the
Church expect under his reign.
About the Author
Matthew Bunson is one of the country's foremost experts on papal history. He
is the author of over 30 books including Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of
Catholic History and Encyclopedia of Saints and is contacted by news media
throughout the country on matters pertaining to the Church and the papacy.
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