Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Some notes on Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger

Pope Benedict XVI says that he chose his name after Benedict XV, especially since he struggled for peace during the First World War.

Joseph Ratzinger and Karol Wojtyla were both from the liberal wing during the Second Vatican Council. Ratzinger preferred Augustine to Aquinas, and did not like neo-scholasticism. He did have a great interest in existentialism, and read Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, and Spinoza. He also studied Jewish and Protestant biblical exegesis. His later writing shows influence from these sources. Ratzinger can fairly be called a Liberal, as that word would have been defined in the early 1960s: however, he is most certainly not a contemporary post-modern liberal, who takes skepticism, relativism, and sophism to extremes. Ratzinger does strongly support the idea of Truth, like old Liberals but unlike contemporary Liberals. Now the new Pope is considered an 'arch-conservative'.

Young Ratzinger loved the Greek and Latin classics, and read Goethe with delight.

He was the youngest of three children. His parents names were Mary and Joseph.

As a boy, Ratzinger was compelled to join the Hitler Youth, but did not participate. He was deferred from draft into the S.S. by seminary studies, and later went AWOL from the German Army. He was an American prisoner of war for about a month. His father was a staunch anti-Nazi and devout Catholic policeman.

Pope Benedict speaks numerous languages: French fluently, and also English, Spanish, Italian, and of course, German and Latin. He loves literature, and is an accomplished pianist, and enjoyed Mozart and Beethoven. He is said to be a very gentle, humble person and a tenacious intellectual. He is said to be also somewhat distant and cold, with less charisma than John Paul II, but he has a good sense of humor and gives heartfelt homilies.

Benedict XVI is the eighth German Pope, the third from the modern territory of Germany.

Ratzinger was made a Cardinal in 1977 by Pope Paul VI, one of the few Cardinal-electors who were not selected by Pope John Paul II.

The Pope's brother is a priest and choirmaster in Ravensburg.

Some Recent Speeches and Writings


Lecture given Saturday February 13, 1999 in the Chapel at St. Patrick's Seminary
The Theological Locus of Ecclesial Movements
Writings from cardinalrating.com
RECONCILING GOSPEL AND TORAH: THE CATECHISM
CONSCIENCE AND TRUTH
CHRIST, FAITH AND THE CHALLENGE OF CULTURES
RELATIVISM: THE CENTRAL PROBLEM FOR FAITH TODAY
QUESTION OF TRUTH LIES AT CENTRE OF THEOLOGY
Guardini on Christ in Our Century
The End of Religion?
COMMENTARY ON "ORDINATIO SACERDOTALIS"
TRUTH AND FREEDOM
Crises of Law
ANSWERS TO MAIN OBJECTIONS AGAINST DOMINUS IESUS
THE ECCLESIOLOGY OF THE CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH, VATICAN II, ‘LUMEN GENTIUM
THE ECCLESIOLOGY OF VATICAN II
PRESENTATION OF MISERICORDIA DEI
PRESENTATION OF REDEMPTORIS MATER
ST JOSEMAR√ćA: GOD IS VERY MUCH AT WORK IN OUR WORLD TODAY
THE BEAUTY AND THE TRUTH OF CHRIST
EUCHARIST, COMMUNION AND SOLIDARITY
THE CURRENT DOCTRINAL RELEVANCE OF THE CCC
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MAGISTERIUM AND EXEGETES
THE WORLD OVER: CARDINAL RATZINGER INTERVIEW
A LEGACY: THE POPE OF PEACE
INTRODUCTION TO THE SYMPOSIUM OF THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS
Biblical Interpretation in Crisis: On the Question of the Foundations and Approaches of Exegesis Today
Homily of the Funeral Mass of Pope John Paul II
On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons
On "The Many Faces of AIDS"
Declaration on Masonic Associations
Instruction on Certain Aspects of "Theology of Liberation"
Some texts by Card. Joseph Ratzinger (from the Vatican)
Articles in Communio by Cardinal Ratzinger
Books by Joseph Ratzinger
More books by Joseph Ratzinger

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