The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Catholic Church Paperback – 1 Sep 1992
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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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The interviewer asked, "Can then a 'modern' Catholic again begin to read the Bible without bothering himself too much over complicated exegetical questions?'
"Certainly," [ Cardinal Ratzinger replies.]." Every Catholic must have the courage to believe that his faith (in communion with that of the Church) surpasses every 'new magisterium' of the experts, of the intellectuals."
"Exegetical" means "explanatory," and "magisterium" means "teaching authority, especially of the Catholic Church." The meanings of these words are implicit in Cardinal Ratzinger's prose, beautifully translated as it is, and I only used a dictionary to be sure that my reading was absolutely correct for this review.
My recommendation of this book extends not only to Catholics, but to all Christians.
I wanted to know something about Pope Benedict before he became Pope.