Joseph Ratzinger: Life in the Church and Living Theology: Fundamentals of Ecclesiology

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Ignatius Press, 2007 - Religion - 614 pages
This is a major work on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger by a highly regarded German theologian, priest and writer. Since his election to the Papacy, Ratzinger's theology, and in particular his ecclesiology (theology of the Church), has been in the limelight of theological and ecumenical discussions. This work studies in detail Ratzinger's ecclesiology in the light of Vatican II, against the ongoing debate about what Vatican II really meant to say about the life of the Church, its liturgy, its worship, its doctirne, its pastoral mission, and more.

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Contents

Foreword by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger I
5
Lumen Gentium amid the Tensions between
21
From the Schema De Ecclesia to the Dogmatic
29
The Main Ideas of Lumen Gentium
39
The People of God
78
The Hierarchical Structure of the Church and
114
Outline of the Ecclesiological Plan
145
The Path of Joseph Ratzinger the Theologian
154
Eucharistic Ecclesiology
271
The Church as a Communio Unity
286
Church as People of God
331
The Hierarchical Constitution of the Church
430
Comparison between the main lines of Lumen Gentium and
499
Ratzingers ecclesiology against the background of issues
509
Liturgy as a topic for theological ecclesiology
517
Abbreviations
525

Consistency in Ratzingers Theological Thought
184
Archbishop and Cardinal
206
Recurring Themes in Ratzingers Ecclesiology
229
Body of Christ as the Key to the Ecclesiology
243
Other Abbreviated Titles
531
Bibliography
537
Index
579
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Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) is recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As pope he authored the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth. Prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books important for the contemporary Church, such as Introduction to Christianity and The Spirit of the Liturgy.

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