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Pilgrim Fellowship Of Faith: The Church As Communion [Paperback]

By Benedict XVI (Author)
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Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, has been the most visible member of the Catholic clergy in the world second only to Pope John Paul II. His status as the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made him one of the most discussed churchmen in recent history. On the occasion of Ratzingers's seventy-fifth birthday, his former students selected essays, lectures, letters, and conferences that Ratzinger has written in recent years- writing that they feel best represents his position on issues of theology, the modern world, secularism, non-Christian religious, and other key topics of the Catholic Church. This book, characterized by Ratzinger's concisely reasoned style, is an invaluable resource to those who wish to understand the modern Church and the thinking of Pope Benedict XVI, as well as a treasured volume for those who are students of Ratzinger's theology.

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'Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith' is a collection of past writings of the newly-elected Pope on topics such as the ministry of priests, eucharistic theology, non-Christian religions, and the role of the Catholic Church in a secular world.

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Studio: Ignatius Press
Pages   381
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.42" Height: 1.08"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2005
Publisher   Ignatius Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0898709636  
ISBN13  9780898709636  

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Pope Benedict XVI 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...
  1. Benedict XVI
  2. Bioethics & Culture
  3. Communio Books
  4. Fathers (Our Sunday Visitor)
  5. Giniger Books
  6. Publication
  7. Ressourcement: Retrieval & Renewal in Catholic Thought
  8. Spiritual Thoughts

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Tying together Church, Spirit, Christ, and Sacraments  Aug 12, 2005
With his election as Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger's views, style, and thought have taken on a new relevance. Pilgrim Fellowship Of Faith: The Church As Communion
is as good a place as any to start to gain insight into the man.

A collection of speeches, papers, and letters collected by his students for his 75th birthday, it examines the relationship between theology, faith, ecclesiology, and sacrament. It reveals a man who strives to be ecumenical in the most serious way -- who seeks real dialogue, which requires all participants to be as honest and searching about their beliefs and to accord dignity and respect to other interlocutors. This collection includes gracious letter exchanges with Orthodox Metropolitan Damaskinos of Switzerland and with Lutheran Provincial Bishop Johannes Hanselmann of Bavaria.

In the course of the works cited, Ratzinger deals in depth with these and other questions: What is theology, what is its relation to faith, and how can her methods lay claim to providing knowledge? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in ecclesiology, in our understanding of the Church? What is the relation between Communion as Eucharist and communion as Christian fellowship, and how does christology shape ecclesiology? What role to lay movements serve in the Church? How does the Church go about remembering and atoning for sins?

If there is a common theme, it is the primacy communion -- a vision of God as triune communion, a vision of the Universal Church with many local churches in communion, a vision of the ecumenical movement as a striving to realize Christian communion as a gift from God, a vision of sacraments as visible signs of communion. Also interesting is what he declares communion not to be. Specifically, it is not to be taken as a cover for blanket centralization of ecclesiastical authority in Rome.

It's a good read. A comparison with Wojtyla's style is perhaps inevitable. Ratzinger's writing is perhaps more pragmatic and concise, less gradiose. There's a quiet precision and grace here. Ratzinger seems like a quiet, patient teacher, a somewhat self-effacing man with a penetrating mind. It's an excellent way for Catholics to begin to learn their new pope's mind. It's a great book for other Christians who want an insight into how ecumenism fits into Pope Benedict's theological views. It's also a good book for non-Christians who wonder how the Church sees itself.
An Introduction to the man who became Pope  Aug 2, 2005
"Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith" is an interesting collection of Pope Benedict's writings on several different themes. This book was put together by former students of then Cardinal Ratzinger in honor of his 75th birthday and they did a wonderful job at showing his ideas and abilities on a broad range of issues.

The book begins with two separate entries that define faith and theology. Both illustrate the clarity and precision of his thought. The next entry is a detailed look at the Holy Spirit. Here, Pope Benedict bases his analysis on the writings and thought of Saint Augustine, who has had much influence on his ideas.

The book then two long sections on the themes of communion, the Eucharist, fellowship and mission, which appear frequently in his thought. There are also several entries on church related themes, such as ministry, the priesthood, and church movements. Pope Benedict XVI has an amazing ability to describe things as they are but without losing focus on Christian ideals.

The book concludes with several fascinating entries on the ecumenical movement, inter-religious dialogue and the contemporary church. Two of the most interesting are letters of correspondence between then Cardinal Ratzinger and an Orthodox Metropolitan and a Lutheran Bishop about ecumenical discussions. As well, the book contains an amazing bibliography, listing the titles of all of the publications made by Pope Benedict XVI up until 2002, even listing all translations made of these works up until that point in time.

Throughout the book, Pope Benedict XVI demonstrates his ability to argue from Biblical scholarship, patristic sources, church history, contemporary theologians and from his own personal experience and reflections. This truly is the best introduction that you can get to the mind of this man who became Pope. An excellent read.
Deepest Understanding of Catholicism  Jun 6, 2005
I am still reading this book; I have several of our new Pope's books because I wanted to get to know his thinking about the Catholic Church better. I am deeply touched and thrilled spiritually with his writings.

Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith: The Church As Communion should definitely be read and re-read and meditated upon.

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