Posted by: frroberts | August 8, 2017

Ratzinger Reading List

Introduction to Christianity.

Theological Highlights of Vatican II.


The Ratzinger Report.

Few books map the collapse of Catholicism in the western world that began in the 1960s as well as this short and readable book.  The fact that the author was a leading theologian at Vatican II, the then-Cardinal Prefect for the Holy Office and twenty plus years later was elected Pope lends considerable credibility to his words.  In 1985 Cardinal Ratzinger pointed out that the emperor had no clothes and that first twenty years of attempts at reform that had come in the wake of Vatican II (1962-1965) had done very little if anything to stem the tide of secularization in North America and western Europe.  An argument could even be made that the disintegration of priestly, religious and catechetical life that resulted from ham-handed attempts at aggiornamento had made things much worse than they would have been otherwise.

The first step in healing and recovery is coming to terms with the nature and scope of the problems one faces.   While The Ratzinger Report is on the depressing side, it is a must read for anyone interested in renewal in the Catholic Church.

Salt of the Earth.

God and the World.

Light of the World.

Called to Communion.

Principles of Catholic Theology.

Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith.

The Spirit of the Liturgy.

Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration.

Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week.

Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.

Rowland, Ratzinger’s Faith.

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