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God Is Love/Dues Caritas Est: Encyclical Letter of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI [Paperback]

By Pope Benedict XVI (Author)
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Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.18" Width: 5" Height: 0.15"
Weight:   0.14 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2006
Publisher   Pauline Books & Media
ISBN  0819831069  
EAN  9780819831064  

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Given in Rome, at Saint Peter's on December 25th, the Solemnity of the NativBenedictus pp. XVI

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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.

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The Love of God Impels Us  Jul 2, 2007
In his first encyclical Pope Benedict writes beautifully about love and its effects in the lives of Christians. He draws out the proper relationship between eros and agape, and clearly explains the Christian's response to the experience of poverty and suffering in the world. He takes on the challenge of marxist and secularist views of advancement, and against these he pits the approach of Christianity. The result is a beautiful letter in which Benedict explains how the Christian is to love and how this affects the manner in which he is to live.
Interesting first encyclical from the New Pope  Mar 2, 2007
Cardinal Ratzinger, now the current Pope, has stepped out from the unknown and let his theological ideas be known to a wider audience and also outlines his vision of what is critical in the Christian faith in so far as the Catholic Church understands it.

For Catholics, what is always at the forefront of theology is the dialogue between the past and the present, between what the church has understood both the sacred scriptures and sacred tradition to say about God, history, and salvation. In a way Pope Benedict says this can be summed up as Deus Caritas Est - God is love.

This of course is what one of the letters of John says (in relation to needing to love one's Christian brother); in love, we are effectively made partakers in God's nature as well as made God's children through baptism.

Benedict compares the Christian form of love as agape, charitable self-emptying, modelled on the love revealed in the crucified Christ to us, to the pagan ideal of love as eros, exemplified by Plato and Platonic philosophy, which is love of the transcendant Good. While the approach of both Philosophy as pursued by reason and Religion as pursued by faith differ, both also share a desire to reach the God who is our final end and beautitude.

Benedict believes that the revealing of God as love means very importantly that God is to be divorced from notions of compulsion and violence, something he clearly aims at religiously motivated terrorism, which tries to force people into belief against their will.

Ratzinger then begins a fairly detailed discussion of how God is revealed both to reflective philosophers as the Absolute or Reality, and how God is the One revealed in the Bible as the One who loves and cares for all of us in a deeply personal and loving way, and also as the Incarnate Word who comes down to us and in doing so, lifts us up to divine life.

The encyclical is highly detailed and tightly argued, and is worth careful reading by any Catholic and also by any student of theology.

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