Benedict XVI : a life. Volume II, Professor and prefect to Pope and Pope Emeritus 1966-the present / Peter Seewald ; translated by Dinah Livingstone.
By: Seewald, Peter.
Contributor(s): Livingstone, Dinah [translator.].Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Continuum, 2021Description: viii, 568 pages : 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781472979216; 1472979214; 9781472979247; 1472979249; 1472979257; 9781472979254; 1472979230; 9781472979230.Other title: Benedict XVI : a life. Volume 2, Professor and prefect to Pope and Pope Emeritus 1966-the present | Benedict XVI : a life. Volume two, Professor and prefect to Pope and Pope Emeritus 1966-the present | Professor and prefect to Pope and Pope Emeritus 1966 to the present | Professor and prefect to Pope and Pope Emeritus 1966-the present.Uniform titles: Benedikt XVI. English Subject(s): Benedict XVI, Pope, 1927- | Popes -- BiographyDDC classification: 282.092
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"First published in 2020 in Germany as Benedikt XVI: ein Leben by Droemer Verlag, an imprint of Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur GmbH & Co.KG, Munich."--Title page verso.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 540-557) and index.
Part one: Professor: --Tübingen --Deeply afraid --1968 and the myth of the change --The Catholic crisis --A fresh start --Tensions --The vision of the Church of the future --Reconquest --The doctrine of eternal life --Archbishop --The year of three Popes --The Küng case --The legacy of Munich --Part two: Prefect: --The Prefect --Ratzinger's report --The fight over liberation theology --Teamwork --The collapse --The long suffering of Karol Wojtyła --Millennium --Agony --Conclave --Habemus Papam --Part three: Pope: --The first Pope of the third millennium --In the shoes of the fisherman --Benedetto Mania --The Regensburg speech --Deus caritas est --Salt of the earth, light of the world --The rupture --The condom crisis --The abuse scandal --The shepherd ----Human ecology ----Desecularization ----The betrayal ----The resignation ---- The beginning of a new era ----Afterword:-- Final questions to Benedict XVI ----Notes --Index.
"Emeritus Pope Benedict commands both adulation and unremitting criticism. To millions, he remains a beacon of light in a turbulent modern world. In this second volume of Peter Seewald's authoritative biography, the story runs from the Second Vatican Council (1965-8) right up to the present day. We see how Benedict was influenced by the Council and the ensuing political unrest all over Europe to move from a liberal perspective on the Church and the modern world to one that was profoundly conservative. Appointed in 1981 as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and quickly nicknamed 'God's Rottweiler', he proved to be intransigent on the controversial issues of abortion, contraception, gay rights and gay marriage. But elected Pope in 2005, his tenure of office was so riven with shocking revelations of controversy and scandal that it seemed that by the time of his resignation in 2013, he was incapable of handling the complexities of the Church in the modern world. The ensuing scandals of 'Vatileaks', sexual abuse by priests and the Regensburg speech, which became the fuse to an eruption of anger and rage in the Muslim world, all made international headlines. Peter Seewald is the only person who is close enough to Benedict to assess the man himself and to uncover the truth about so many of the controversial issues surrounding this most controversial papacy. His magisterial biography of Benedict XVI is based not just on meticulous research but on many hours or recorded interviews with the Pope Emeritus himself."-- Dust Jacket.
Translated from German