Item description for Mary: The Church at the Source by Benedict XVI, Adrian Walker & Hans Urs Von Balthasar...
Overview Two great theologians endeavor to recover the centrality of Marian doctrine and devotion for the contemporary Church, offering a view of Mary as both the embodiment of the Church, and the mother who cooperates in giving birth to the Church in the souls of believers.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.25" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.24 lbs.
Release Date Oct 30, 2005
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 158617018X ISBN13 9781586170189
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More About Benedict XVI, Adrian Walker & Hans Urs Von Balthasar
Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church, having served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he was both the leader of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II, celebrated his papal inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005.
Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late 1950s and was appointed a full professor in 1958. After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at several German universities—the last being the University of Regensburg, where he served as Vice President of the university in 1976 and 1977—he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience. In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important dicasteries of the Roman Curia. From 2002 until his election as pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such, the primus inter pares among the cardinals. Prior to becoming pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century" as "one of the most respected, influential and controversial members of the College of Cardinals"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of John Paul II's closest confidants.
He was originally a liberal theologian, but adopted conservative views after 1968. His prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many Western countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He taught the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. Pope Benedict also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position. He renewed the relationship between the Catholic Church and art, viewing the use of beauty as a path to the sacred, promoted the use of Latin, and reintroduced traditional papal garments, for which reason he was called "the pope of aesthetics". He has been described as "the main intellectual force in the Church" since the mid-1980s. Several of Pope Benedict's students from his academic career are also prominent churchmen today and confidantes of him, notably Christoph Schönborn.
On 11 February 2013, Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age. His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013. He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294. As pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness, and the title of Pope, and will continue to dress in the papal colour of white. He was succeeded by Pope Francis on 13 March 2013, and he moved into the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery for his retirement on 2 May 2013.
Pope Benedict XVI was born in 1927.
Pope Benedict XVI has published or released items in the following series...
Bioethics & Culture
Fathers (Our Sunday Visitor)
John Ratzinger in Communio
Ressourcement: Retrieval & Renewal in Catholic Thought
Reviews - What do customers think about Mary: The Church at the Source?
Selected papers on Mary, Mariology, and the mission of the Church Jul 4, 2008
This interesting book takes on many aspects of Mariology and its place in the modern Church. The book is not a co-authored project nor a book-length argument, but is rather a collection of essays and sermons treating Mary and the Church. Pope Benedict's writings take up the first half, actually a little more, and Balthasar's the second. (Benedict's preface to John Paul's encyclical on Mary is included. Mary: God's Yes to Man : Pope John Paul II Encyclical Letter : Mother of the Redeemer) As may be expected of such a collection where different pieces are composed for different audiences, some are more esoteric than others and may not hold much interest the casual reader.
Obviously both writers are close and careful reasoners, and for the most part the clarity of their examinations does not seem to get lost in translation. I was especially impressed, sometimes even moved, by these insights; despite its disjointedness, this mixed bag was probably a more valuable read to me than John Paul's book. Topics include aspects of Mary's character that are meant to be paradigmatic for the Church, the value of Marian devotions and some means of reconciling them with modern worship, and the Church's anthropological role in history. I especially liked the last piece on the catholicity of the Church.
My guess is that this will be pretty strong meat for many readers, and that Scott Hahn's Hail Holy Queen would probably serve better as an introduction or a leisurely read. Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God If the subject is already a favorite for you, by all means read on. Lots of good stuff here.
An Excellent Beginning for Reflections on Mariology Jul 7, 2006
This collection of essays serves as an excellent beginning for reflections on Mariology. Both Ratzinger and Balthasar are men of great intellectual prowess and thus address this subject astutely. They also approach it with a true desire for holy understanding of the place of Mary with respect to the Church and Catholic theology as a whole. While they do not touch on every aspect, they begin reflections that can bear much theological fruit.
The only reason that I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is the choice of a text by Balthasar that seeks to disprove Ratzinger's opinion which is expressed in an essay contained in the collected text, "Daughter Zion". While his argument is well placed, I don't think that it does well to combine such a text with a set of reflections by Ratzinger. This can strike at Ratzinger's credibility, even though the topic is somewhat disputable.
Nonetheless, I highly recommend this text to all readers. It is not utterly easy but is also not wholly esoteric. Therefore, it gives all who read it a chance to grow intellectually and, more importantly, in the Catholic faith.
A modern documentation of the Church's perspective of Marian doctrine Apr 8, 2006
Ably translated by Adrian Walker from the writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), Mary: The Church At The Source is a modern documentation of the Church's perspective of Marian doctrine, enlightening the contours of ecclesial faith. Mary: The Church At The Source allows the reader to delve deeper into the depths of the Christian faith and what truths to their views of Mary as the co-operative mother of Church in the souls of its believers, and the embodiment of the Church itself. A highly recommended read, Mary: The Church At The Source is the perfect book for students of Marion theology be they clergy or laymen.