Salt of the Earth: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church at the End of the Millennium

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Ignatius Press, 2017 - Religion - 283 pages
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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, well-known Vatican prelate and head of the Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith, gives a full-length interview to secular journalist Peter Seewald, on a host of controversial and difficult issues facing Catholicism and Christianity at the end of the millennium. Similar to his best-selling book interview in 1985,†The Ratzinger Report, he responds with candor and insight, giving answers that are often surprising and always thought-provoking on a series of wide-ranging topics regarding the present and future state of Christianity.

Ratzinger begins by discussing his own life, including his family life, being a theology professor and writer, becoming a Bishop, Cardinal and the Pope's top authority on doctrine. He then discusses the problems of the Catholic Church today and talks about the challenges and hopes of the future of Church and the world at the beginning of the Third Millennium.


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Background and Vocation
The Young Professor
Bishop and Cardinal
On the State of the Church
The Situation in Germany
Causes of the Decline
The Canon of Criticism
Two Thousand Years of Salvation Historyand Still No Redemption?
CatharsisA New MillenniumA Time of Testing
Priorities of the Churchs Development
Future of the ChurchChurch of the Future
The True History of the World

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Joseph Ratzinger†(Benedict XVI) †is recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As pope he authored the best-selling†Jesus of Nazareth. Prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books important for the contemporary Church, such as †Introduction to Christianity†and†The Spirit of the Liturgy.

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