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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: "We, however, have a different goal"

“How many winds of doctrine have we known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking. The small boat of the thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves – flung from one extreme to another: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism and so forth. 304 more words

Religious/Theological Reflections

The Many and the Few

A newly translated lecture by Joseph Ratzinger from 1958 has been published at Homiletic and Pastoral Review, dealing with the pastoral problems of running a church where the majority of members are not in fact believers, or who have only a tenuous faith. 588 more words


Joseph Ratzinger: "Paganism resides today in the Church herself"

“According to religious statistics, old Europe is still a part of the earth that is almost completely Christian. But there is hardly another case in which everyone knows as well as they do here that the statistic is false: This so-called Christian Europe for almost four hundred years has become the birthplace of a new paganism, which is growing steadily in the heart of the Church, and threatens to undermine her from within. 250 more words

Religious/Theological Reflections

The loss of being

Mathematics and history dominate the modern conception of the world–of this era–of the way we think. We seek the fact. Fact is what dominates our thinking. 356 more words


Jesus of Nazareth - The Infancy Narratives

Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
by Joseph Ratzinger
translated by Philip J. Whitmore, Bloomsbury 2012

 This book follows Ratzinger’s two earlier Jesus of Nazareth… 1,374 more words


“Glory to God in the Highest,” Day 30: Hope for Dark Moments

I recently created a 31-day Advent/Christmas devotional booklet for my church called “Glory to God in the Highest.” I will be posting a devotional from it each day between now and the end of the year. 504 more words

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger – „Biserica – chemare spre comunitate“

Editura Aridia, Blaj, 2005; 152 p.

Micuţa carte pe care o prezint aici confirmă un secret cunoscut de toată lumea: oamenii mari sunt mari chiar şi atunci când fac lucruri umile. 1,051 more words