Weekly Newsletter for May 9, 2006
Get in the Mind of Pope Benedict
|We have an excellent selection of books by the Pope…|
Written by Joseph Ratzinger shortly before he became Pope Benedict XVI, Christianity and the Crisis of Cultureslooks at the growing conflict of cultures evident in the Western world. The West faces a deadly contradiction of its own making, he contends.
Terrorism is on the rise. Technological advances of the West, employed by people who have cut themselves off from the moral wisdom of the past, threaten to abolish man (as C.S. Lewis put it)—whether through genetic manipulation or physical annihilation.
In short, the West is at war—with itself. Its scientific outlook has brought material progress. The Enlightenment’s appeal to reason has achieved a measure of freedom. But contrary to what many people suppose, both of these accomplishments depend on Judeo-Christian foundations, including the moral worldview that created Western culture.
More than anything else, argues Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, the important contributions of the West are threatened today by an exaggerated scientific outlook and by moral relativism—what Benedict XVI calls "the dictatorship of relativism"—in the name of freedom.
| God is Love: Deus Caritas Est – 15% off
In today's high-tech, fast-paced world, love is often portrayed as being separate from Church teaching. With his first encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI hopes to overturn that perception and describe the essential place of love in the life of the Church.
| Many Religions, One Covenant – 15% off
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger spans the deep divides in modern Catholic scholarship to present a compelling biblical theology, modern in its concerns yet classical in its breadth. It is his classical mastery, his resourcement, that enables the Cardinal to build a bridge.
| A New Song for the Lord – 15% off
The pope's definitive statement on liturgical reform. Pope Benedict XVI shows that in the controversies about liturgical reform and the Latin mass, liturgy is not just a pragmatic matter but a central feature in our relationship to Christ, the Church, and ourselves.
|The writings and statements of Pope Benedict XVI contained in this latest volume of Liguori's In My Own Words series represent his thoughts as leader of the Catholic faithful throughout the world. These selections cover a wide range of topics including religious truths and freedom, Church and culture, Christian unity, the Eucharist, and ministry and service. His words reveal his zeal for truth and provide hope for the future of the Church.|
| Truth And Tolerance – Christian Belief And World Religions – 15% off
Is truth knowable? If we know the truth, must we hide it in the name of tolerance? Cardinal Ratzinger engages the problem of truth, tolerance, religion and culture in the modern world. Describing the vast array of world religions, Ratzinger embraces the difficult challenge of meeting diverse understandings of spiritual truth while defending the Catholic teaching of salvation through Jesus Christ. "But what if it is true?" is the question that he poses to cultures that decry the Christian position on man's redemption. Upholding the notion of religious truth while asserting the right of religious freedom, Cardinal Ratzinger outlines the timeless teaching of the Magisterium in language that resonates with our embattled culture. A work of extreme sensitivity, understanding, and spiritual maturity, this book is an invaluable asset to those who struggle hear the voice of
| Without Roots – 15% off
With Europe shaken by violence, terrorism, strained relations with the United States, immigration, and the rejection of the EU constitution in both France and the Netherlands, the issue of European identity has profound implications for the rest of the world. Bringing together their unique vantage points as leaders of Church and State, Cardinal Ratzinger and Marcello Pera challenge us to examine anew the fate of a civilization that has abandoned its spiritual roots. The question is urgent not only for the United States and Europe but for all democratic cultures.
| The Rise of Benedict XVI
From the author of Conclave and All the Pope's Men comes the story of Pope John Paul II's last days, the behind-the-scenes dynamics within the College of Cardinals that led to the choice of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, and where the new pope is likely to lead the Catholic Church.
| Pope Benedict XVI: A Personal Portrait
Vatican correspondent for over twenty years and an intimate colleague of Joseph Ratzinger writes the definitive book on the remarkable career, personality, and future of the new Pope.
| Though he was a familiar Church leader for many years before becoming Pope, there has been little awareness of the spiritual side of Benedict XVI. Now for the first time readers are given a brilliant overview of the Pope's most inspirational teachings in Let God's Light Shine Forth.
Editor Robert Moynihan offers a brief introduction to the life and work of Pope Benedict XVI and then presents an absorbing collection of his most persuasive words.
Within these pages, Pope Benedict XVI introduces a God who is good, beautiful, and true, the fountain of all life. The most important thing for each person, in Benedict's view, is to discover and develop a loving relationship with God, because this is the way to the deepest and most lasting happiness that human beings can experience. Even in our darkest moments, he teaches, we call have hope that all things will ultimately work out in a wonderful way to show God's glory and bring blessedness to individual men and women.