Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the by Tracey Rowland

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By Tracey Rowland

This is often an upper-level advent to the concept and theology of Pope Benedict XVI. The e-book explains the rules of Ratzinger's proposal by way of analysing the theological axes upon which his works flip and is helping readers to put his idea within the context of his highbrow antecedents and modern interlocutors.


“‘If to be recognized can be to be misunderstood, then Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI needs to count number as probably the most misunderstood theologians of our time. No ask yourself even sympathetic readers locate themselves puzzled and searching for a competent consultant. during this most modern in T&T Clark's advisor for the puzzled sequence, Tracey Rowland has given us simply what we want: the easiest evaluation of the pope's notion at present available.' - Edward T. Oakes, S.J., Chester & Margaret Paluch Professor of Theology, college of St. Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary, USA.” – Edward T. Oakes, S.J.,

“‘Tracey Rowland's superbly composed e-book is a masterpiece of scholarship and argument. With unparalleled readability, she exhibits that Pope Benedict's critique of secularism and his protection of conventional Catholicism are grounded in a symphonic synthesis - of Scripture, the dwelling culture of the Church, the lessons of its medical professionals and Fathers in addition to a latest realization to historical past and tradition. His Romantic Orthodoxy is essential to a Christian Renaissance and the reunification of the episcopally-based church buildings. As Rowland's bright portrait finds, Benedict's theological imaginative and prescient makes him essentially the most major pontiffs because the Reformation.' - Adrian Pabst, Lecturer in Politics, college of Kent at Canterbury, UK.” – Adrian Pabst,

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In the late 1960s, with the arrival of the sexual revolution and wide-scale revolt from magisterial teaching, the questioning of the very structures and traditions of the Church, and clerical enthusiasm for pastoral projects aimed at accommodating the liturgical practices of the Church to those of contemporary pop culture, 20 THE ROMANTIC ANTECEDENTS a new intellectual coalition was formed around de Lubac, von Balthasar and Ratzinger. It took a concrete form in the creation of the journal Communio in 1972.

63 Von Hildebrand’s popularity as a heroic anti-Nazi intellectual fell into decline in the 1970s following his defence of the traditional Latin Mass which was in most places suppressed between 1969 and 1987. Von Hildebrand never questioned the legitimacy of the rite of 1969 but he did regard aspects of its use as problematic. He rhetorically asked whether people better meet Christ by soaring up to Him, or by dragging Him down into their workaday world? Ratzinger was later to be critical of the tendency in contemporary liturgy to 22 THE ROMANTIC ANTECEDENTS ‘bring God down to the level of the people’ and was to describe such actions as a form of ‘apostasy’.

Many are of the view that since St Thomas did not spend any time on the topic of culture, it really cannot be all that important. They also have a tendency to draw distinctions between form and substance and to regard only matters of substance as important. Ratzinger’s aesthetic 36 THE HUMANIST CULTURE OF THE INCARNATION judgments are then treated merely as matters of taste. Implicitly, in this context, a Cartesian metaphysics is joined together with a Kantian aesthetics. At the same time, on the ‘left’ of the theological spectrum, the liberation theologians have been completely hostile to this aspect of Ratzinger’s theology.

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