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 Post subject: Ratzinger's books ?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 10:44 am 
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Has anybody read any of his books? What would you recommend to start with?

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anawim wrote:
Has anybody read any of his books? What would you recommend to start with?


This one...

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That was more Schonborn's project, wasn't it?

I'd try Salt of the Earth.

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I've read The Spirit of the Liturgy but it was several years ago, and I remember it being a bit of a struggle for me at the time. So I'm going to go back and read in the next couple of weeks.

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The Spirit of the liturgy is very good. Father Harrison has a lengthy review of it over at the Roman Theological Forum if you are interested.

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I have some ten books by Cardinal Ratzinger. This includes the biography of late Pope John Paul II for the 20th papal anniversary.

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I second Obi's suggestion: Salt of the Earth.

Actually, the interviewer in this case, Peter Seewald (who was also the interviewer for "The Ratinger Report" and "God and the World") sometime after this particular interview returned to the Catholic Church. His story of how he was led from atheism and communism back to the True Church is recounted in his book "Als ich begann, wieder an Gott zu denken" ("When I began once more to think about God").

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do any of his biographys mention his time in the "nazi youth" during WWII as has been reported?

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mark malone wrote:
do any of his biographys mention his time in the "nazi youth" during WWII as has been reported?


The way I see it, when Jews are coming to the defense of Benedict XVI, why should anyone else have a problem with it?

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London's Sunday Times would have us believe that one of the leading contenders for the papacy is a closet Nazi. In if-only-they-knew tones, the newspaper informs readers that German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a member of the Hitler Youth during World War II and suggests that, because of this, the "panzer cardinal" would be quite a contrast to his predecessor, John Paul II.

The article also classifies Ratzinger as a "theological anti-Semite" for believing in Jesus so strongly that – gasp! – he thinks that everyone, even Jews, should accept him as the messiah.

To all this we should say, "This is news?!"
As the Sunday Times article admits, Ratzinger's membership in the Hitler Youth was not voluntary but compulsory; also admitted are the facts that the cardinal – only a teenager during the period in question – was the son of an anti-Nazi policeman, that he was given a dispensation from Hitler Youth activities because of his religious studies, and that he deserted the German army.

Ratzinger has several times gone on record on his supposedly "problematic" past. In the 1997 book Salt of the Earth, Ratzinger is asked whether he was ever in the Hitler Youth.


source Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (blog, and a good one I might add) - Abstract of the article - you have to pay to read the whole thing.

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who has a problem with it?

I was looking to confirm and get 'HIS TAKE' on it.....

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 Post subject: The Ratzinger Report
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I just borrowed " The Ratzinger Report" from my neighbor.


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I've been waiting to buy some of his books for a while now. Slowly saving. I noticed the used prices of Ratzingers books are doubling and tripling.. You snooze you lose....

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Seatuck wrote:
I've been waiting to buy some of his books for a while now. Slowly saving. I noticed the used prices of Ratzingers books are doubling and tripling.. You snooze you lose....


You can buy used books on Amazon. Check it out.


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Thanks Tom

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Pope Benedict's autobio is called "Milestones." I haven't read it but it covers his life to 1977.

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I went out and got Spirit of the Liturgy.

I've read a couple of chapters, starting in the middle with the one on music.
I must say I think the guy gets it (specifically as it pertains to music in the liturgy). He's deep, and in a different way than JPII.

JPII was very much a philospher's philosopher. He was very influenced by phenomenology and very often I'd read a sentence he wrote and stare at it for 5 minutes or so before going on.

Benedict is not that difficult to read (at least what I've seen of it) but still filled with insight and vision. To me it seems he is writing to communicate -- he's not as interested in pushing the boundaries of language in a way I felt JPII was.

That's my impression on the first pass.


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