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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the new pope., 6 Mar 2006
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Helen Hancox "Auntie Helen" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Benedict XVI: Commander of the Faith (Hardcover)
Although only 140 pages, this is an excellent and thorough book about the new pope, Joseph Ratzinger. It gives relatively brief information about his early years and youth, rather concentrating on Ratzinger as a power within the Catholic church as Prefect, a noted theologian and apologist, and from his position of authority within the CDF (the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith). There is a significant focus on some of his decisions made within the CDF and his strong, possibly ruthless role on many occasions within that. Ratzinger's theology is presented in such a way that quite complex thought can be understood, and within the wider context of other thinkers, both Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox, of that era. Although discussing the shortcomings of the man, particularly in his pastoral role, and highlighting decisions that many have questioned, the overall portrait is that of a humble man whose love of the Church has been the mainstay of his life. An excellent read.
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