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The Protestant Twist To Pope Benedict's Theological Legacy

In his Spiritual Testament, Pope Benedict XVI only cited Protestant theologians – not a single Catholic thinker. Were the Catholics not interesting enough for him? And what do Joseph Ratzinger’s pre-modern understanding of the concept of reason and inaccurate Kant quotes have to do with it?


MUNICH — Joseph Ratzinger first became known to an educated readership in 1968 when he published Introduction to Christianity. The book was widely read, selling 45,000 copies in its first year of publication.

However, in the small, elite world of German-speaking theology professors, the book came in for heavy criticism. In 1969 Walter Kasper, who was then Professor of Dogmatics at the University of Tübingen, wrote a scathing review in which he accused his colleague of having a false, overly subjective understanding of Christian theology.

Kasper claimed Ratzinger had relied too heavily on the existentialist thought of Danish theologian Søren Kierkegaard and interpretations of Kierkegaard’s work by Rudolf Bultmann, a Lutheran theologian and Professor of the New Testament at the University of Marburg. This meant that, according to Kasper, Ratzinger’s work played fast and loose with “the objective ecclesiastical form of the Church within the Christian faith.” In other words, Ratzinger’s “existentialist interpretation” risked “tipping over into a purely spiritualistic understanding of the Church.”

That was serious criticism. Kasper, who decades later moved to Rome when he was made a Cardinal of the Roman Curia and President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, was accusing Ratzinger of being too heavily influenced by Protestant thought.

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Pope's Resignation Shock Helps Latin Raise Its Ancient Voice

The most alive of the dead languages is also getting a boost in some surprising corners outside the Vatican walls.

PARIS - The latest sponsor of Latin also happens to be the most illustrious. Announcing his abdication in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI has given an extra shot of life to the most living of the dead languages.

Joseph Ratzinger is the Pontifex Maximus of a Church that has taken everything from Rome: location, universality, territorial organization and, yes, its language. Remember what Dante said? “Rome, where Christ is Roman”.

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As Resignation Looms, Pope Benedict XVI's Final Sunday Blessing



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Pope's First Tweet - Twitter Reacts To His Social Holiness With Snark And Glee


VATICAN CITY - It's been a long time coming, but Pope Benedict XVI has finally graced the world with his first few tweets. Two weeks after establishing his Twitter handle, @Pontifex (Latin for "Pope") in eight different languages, he finally sent out some 140-character blessings Wednesday morning :

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Did The Vatican's New Envoy To Israel Help Shield Pedophile Priests In Ireland?



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