Church, Ecumenism, & Politics / Happy Birthday B16!
- Today is Pope Benedict's 81st birthday. Let's all send him a special gift and
ask our public libraries to carry more of his books!
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Title: Church, Ecumenism, & Politics: New Endeavors in Ecclesiology
Author: Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Date Published: April 2008
This work features the most discussed topics of the life of the Church,
treated with unique frankness and depth by the Church's spiritual and theological
leader. In this collection of essays, theologian Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict
XVI, tackles three major issues in the Church today--the nature of the
Church, the pursuit of Christian unity, and the relationship of Christianity to the
The first part of the book explores Vatican II's teaching on the Church, what
it means to call the Church "the People of God", the role of the Pope, and
the Synod of Bishops. In part two, Ratzinger frankly assesses the ecumenical
movement--its achievements, problems, and principles for authentic progress
toward Christian unity. In the third part of the work, Ratzinger discusses both
fundamental questions and particular issues concerning the Church, the state and
human fulfillment in the Age to come. What does the Bible say about faith and
politics? How should the Church work in pluralistics societies? What are the
problems with Liberation Theology? How should we understand freedom in the
Church and in society?
Beneath a penetrating analysis on these important topics by this brilliant
teacher and writer, both concise and also surprising, is revealed the passion of
a great spiritual leader. The result is an exciting and stimulating work,
which can be provoking, but never boring.
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