Salt of the Earth: Christianity and the Catholic Church at the End of a Millenium


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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger with Peter Seewald

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, well-known Vatican prelate and head of the Congregation on the Doctrine of the Faith, gives a full-length interview to a secular journalist on a host of controversial and difficult issues facing Catholicism and Christianity at the end of the millennium. Similar to his best-selling book interview in 1985, The Ratzinger Report, he responds with candor and insight, giving answers that are often surprising and always thought-provoking on a series of wide-ranging topics regarding the present and future state of Christianity.

Ratzinger begins by discussing his own life, including his family life, being a theology professor and writer, becoming a Bishop, Cardinal and the Pope's top authority on doctrine. He then discusses the problems of the Catholic Church today and talks about the challenges and hopes of the future of Church and the world at the beginning of the Third Millennium.

"This is Cardinal Ratzinger at his free-wheeling best, virtually roving the world with theological and cultural analyses as pungent as they are dazzling. His candor is breathtaking."
-Cardinal John O'Connor

"One of the most arresting, enjoyable books I've read in years. The Joseph Ratzinger who emerges from these pages is amazingly frank and engaging-a man with a superb intellect but also with a simple, humble, generosity of spirit. He offers us tremendous encouragement."
-Archbishop Charles Chaput

"An absolutely fascinating book, like a personal visit with the Cardinal. It not only reveals much of the mind and personality of one of the key figures in modern Catholic history, but it clarifies better than anything I have read the origin of the present crisis in western civilization and in the Church."
-Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR

Table of Contents:

The Catholic Faith: Words and Signs

Part One: Personal Biography
Background and Vocation
The Young Professor
Bishop and Cardinal
The Prefect and His Pope

Part Two: Problems of the Catholic Church
Rome under Fire
On the State of the Church
The Situation in Germany
Causes of the Decline
The Mistakes of the Church
The Canon of Criticism

Part Three: On the Threshold of a New Era
Two Thousand Years of Salvation History – and Still No Redemption?
Catharsis – A New Millennium – A Time of Testing
A "New Springtime of the Human Spirit" for the Third Millennium
Priorities of the Church's Development
Future of the Church – Church of the Future
The True History of the World


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