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Questions and Answers [Hardcover]

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Pages   175
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2008
Publisher   OUR SUNDAY VISITOR #1214
ISBN  1592764398  
EAN  9781592764396  

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Presents snippets of question and answer sessions held between Pope Benedict XVI and various groups, including Italian priests and youth, that cover such topics as divorce and remarriage, comsumerism, sacraments, Scripture, and Mass.

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Face to Face with Pope Benedict

Live audiences of children, clergy, young adults, and others gain unprecedented access to ask the Pope about everything from divorce and remarriage to the Mass, consumerism, relativism, sacraments, Scripture, music, sex, vocations, and more

Discover the Pope's insightful, personable, and refreshingly accessible responses to the questions we all want to ask: How is Jesus present in the Eucharist? I can't see Him.How do we acquire a living faith, a truly Catholic Faith, a faith that is practical, lively, and effective?How can women also have a hand in governing the Church?What, in your opinion, are the greatest challenges to face in our time and what does the Lord expect of us?What is the relationship between unity of faith and pluralism in theology?What are the priorities that parish priests should strive for?What should we do to bring God to others in the world?I have many insecurities, questions, and fears and I want to feel near God. In this silence, where is God?

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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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Pope Benedict responds  Apr 20, 2008
The questions posed, as well as the answers, are long, involved and at times difficult to understand. This is NOT a book for grade school children - probably not even early high schoolers. If you are and adult who is looking for the Pope's theological responses to questions about the church, the sacraments and morals this could have answers for you.
Pope Benedict XVI Answers   Mar 28, 2008
Questions and Answers offers a surprisingly enjoyable compilation of the one-on-one sessions between Pope Benedict XVI and various groups with whom he has met over the first years of his pontificate. The idea for the sessions was introduced not long after his election in 2005 and has become something of a regular feature of his audiences.

Two especially intriguing aspects of the book jump out immediately at the reader. First, there are the pope's answers to the wide-ranging questions posed to him by such groups as children preparing for First Communion, Italian youth, and especially the priests of the diocese of Rome and Albano. It comes as little surprise that Benedict is able to answer all of the questions posed to him in exacting and equally sweeping fashion (he was, after all, one of the foremost theologians of the 20th century at the time of his election). But the capacity of the pontiff to reply in direct, clear, and pastoral terms demonstrates both his decades of labor as a professor but also his surprising ability as pope to be strikingly pastoral. The light pastoral touch has been apparent since his election (and his memorable homily at his installation), and his replies to the questions here are even more so. He speaks to the children in terms that are readily understood by a young mind even as they are obviously grounded in abiding faith. His replies to the priests are also straightforward in his real-world advice even as he notes the essential unity that must exist between the spiritual life and the pastoral ministry of a priest.

If the pope's answers are revealing so too are the questions. The issues posed to the pope by the children are ones that Catholic youth readily ask their parents (such as the one from a girl named Andrea who asks, "In preparing me for my First Communion day, my catechist told me that Jesus is present in the Eucharist. But how? I can't see him!"). The questions from the priests also point to the stresses and challenges faced by the priests in parish service and the sometimes heart-breaking situations they must try to solve and heal. In that sense, Questions and Answers shows the struggles of faith, hope, and love that all Christians must confront. And in his answers, Pope Benedict XVI proves why we would all do well to listen to him.

This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in glimpsing the pope at his most articulate and also his most extemporaneous.

Pastoral sensibilities  Mar 22, 2008
Like the best-selling book-length interviews Salt of the Earth and God and the World, Questions and Answers features Pope Benedict answering a range of questions about the Catholic faith. Unlike those earlier books, in which the questions took the form of a lengthy interview conducted by a prominent German journalist, the questions here come from a variety of inquirers: children, students, seminarians, and priests. Because of that, the questions are often less theological and more practical. This book will not tell you everything you need to know about Catholicism, nor does it pretend to be a catechism. But it will give you additional insights into the Catholic faith and reveal the pastoral sensibilities of the current pontiff.
Interesting Papal ideas  Mar 21, 2008
The Q&A approach was more distracting than helpful. An index of the subjects covered would have been helpful.
Great collection of the Pope's answers  Feb 25, 2008
I just finished Questions and Answers by Pope Benedict XVI put out by Our Sunday Visitor which is a collection of various question and answer sessions from various audiences that includes sessions with children, youth, and clergy at multiple locations. This s a very worthwhile collection and with the amount of these type sessions I am sure we will see more of these books in the future.

Pope Benedict XVI really opens himself up to these types of sessions which I think for the most part of quite unique in the history of the Church. The questions themselves are interesting, but it is the way the pope answers these questions in his own style that is quite remarkable. Reading through his sometimes lengthily answers you would think he had days to work on responses to questions put before him ahead of time. He is an amazing extemporaneous speaker and his answers reveal just how thoroughly he has integrated the faith and is able to speak on almost any topic to reveal his knowledge and contemplation on a subject. It is obvious as to the level of detail that he has given to these subjects in his own mind before hand.

I also found it quite amazing his ability to really answer a question and put together a synthesis of Church teaching and his own practical experience to give almost a mediation on a question. The book opens up with questions from children and I think they way he answers them is the very model that people working with children and youth in regards to religious education should follow. He is able to answer serious questions to them in a serious manner that does not "talk down" to them, but at the same time making it understandable to them. He sees no reason to water down a serious subject just because he is talking to children and is able to tailor it to their intellects in such a way that even as an adult I found his answers fruitful for me.

His answers, especially to fellow priests, are often long discourses - but he doesn't talk just to hear his voice. In one question he felt that the questioner had answered his own query and the Pope simple said for other to listen to what this priest had to say and not feel the need to add anything to it. You get the feel of his real humility when he answers questions in that he defines the limits of what he is able to answer and when speaking to clergy talks about their pastoral experience in taking his suggestions in.

The questions run the gamut and some of them overlap. I especially enjoyed his discussions on marriage and his insight in regards to marriage. I loved how he referred to one large family as a parish. Some of his answers in regard to science are quite interesting especially in regards to the recent controversy and protests at the La Sapienza University in Rome calling the Pope anti-science. In on answer he talks about Galileo the great and the proper and supporting roles of faith and science. In another he talks about the false tensions between creationists and evolutionists and where they both go wrong and makes a fairly strong statement in regards to the science of evolution. When Pope John Paul II made a comment about evolution it got a lot of press and so I find it rather strange the Pope Benedict's comments in this regard did not get the same publicity. I guess it didn't fit their template.

This book was edited by Michael Dubruiel and the Latin translation footnotes were provided by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf which as you would expect are quite informative.

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