By Tracey Rowland
A favored studying of Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) is that he began as a revolutionary yet had moment ideas after the cultural revolution of the past due Sixties. A extra detrimental portrait is that of an formidable and intellectually precocious younger guy who replaced theological allegiances for the sake of advertising in the Catholic hierarchy. Now, during this probing e-book, Tracey Rowland deals a 3rd examining, one who situates the idea of Pope Benedict in the highbrow historical past and educational circles of his time. the 1st severe evaluation of the hot Pope's theological imaginative and prescient, this considerate quantity covers subject matters resembling the interpretations of the second one Vatican Council, Pope Benedict's family with different very important students and theologians, and his attitudes on ethical and political theology, western tradition, the constitution of the Catholic Church, liturgy, and love. It has turn into a ordinary remark that Pope Benedict has been prompted by means of the idea of St. Augustine unlike lots of his predecessors within the papacy who have been even more strongly motivated via St. Thomas Aquinas. This paintings as a result addresses the subject of in what means Benedict is an Augustinian. the quantity additionally features a bibliography prepared thematically should you are looking to discover his concept extra deeply in a selected region. A penetrating account of the concept of the reigning pontiff, this quantity bargains a wealth of perception for everybody attracted to Pope Benedict and the path of the trendy Catholic Church.
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If, for example, one’s theological stance is that of a Leonine or Neo-Thomist, Ratzinger was and remains a radical, but if one is more of a Rahnerian type, he looks decidedly conservative, even reactionary. If one is a Biblical Thomist he is a sympathetic ally. From a Radical Orthodoxy perspective he appears as a rare breed of educated Roman clergyman who can meet contemporary theological circles 29 Rowan Williams as an intellectual peer and who has a profound understanding of what has gone wrong in post-Tridentine Catholicism.
At the Council Wojtyla was introduced to de Lubac and invited him to write the Preface to the Polish edition of his work on sexuality entitled Love and Responsibility. He also assisted the Communio scholars with the establishment of a Polish-language edition of Communio, and later as pope raised both de Lubac and von Balthasar to the status of Cardinal (though, famously, von Balthasar did not live to receive his red hat). 23 Today the diVerence between the Thomist and Communio types is not a diVerence over oYcial magisterial teaching.
In general, without descending to the details, this is how Ratzinger would prefer to read the Thomist tradition, as a composite whole informed and infused by Revelation. Scholars associated with the Radical Orthodoxy circle also share Ratzinger’s deeper interest in Augustine. 26 He notes that much of this perspective is in profound continuity with the French nouvelle the´ologie, especially the works of de Lubac in which he attempts to overcome the ‘modern bastard dualisms’ of nature and grace, faith and reason.