Monday, February 13, 2006

The Making of a New Benedict

George Weigel has recently put out a book called "God's Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church." The Catholic Educator's Resource Center has taken excerpts from chapter 5 of the book and compiled them to form a nice article on Pope Benedict's background. It is very interesting reading. Here is the link.

Here's a brief passage that talks about his experience of Vatican II:

Ratzinger enthusiastically supported the idea that the Council should begin its work with the reform of the liturgy, for, as he later put it, the Eucharist is “the mystery where the Church, participating in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, fulfills its innermost mission, the adoration of the true God.” Divine worship, he wrote, is “a matter of life and death” for the Church: “If it is no longer possible to bring the faithful to worship God, and in such a way that they themselves perform this worship, then the Church has failed in its task and can no longer justify its existence.” Yet for all his enthusiasm about the Council’s beginning with the reform of Catholic worship, Ratzinger would later come to the view that the reform as actually carried out was not the reform the Council fathers had intended.


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