Thursday, November 20, 2008

Revolutionary Pope

Peter Seewald is a German journalist who had wandered far from his home in the Catholic Church. Then, in he sat down for an interview with then Cardinal Ratzinger, the seemingly polarizing head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith. A funny thing happened on the way to the publisher. Peter Seewald returned to the practice of his Catholic faith. Since then he has remained a friend with, now Pope Benedict.

He has a new book out Benedict XVI: An Intimate Portrait. Here is a sample of the preface:
The man from Bavaria--contrary to all the projections dumped onto his shoulders--is a revolutionary of the Christian type. Seeking out what was lost and saving it is the constant element in his life. An inconvenient man who can seize on the spirit of the times, who warns people against the aberrations of modern life. Anyone who really wants change, he cries out, needs a change in his consciousness and his personal behavior--anything else is insufficient. Now, as Benedict XVI, the most powerful German at the beginning of the new millennium may offer a new opportunity for Europe and, especially, for his homeland. And Peter's successor has given his own people an exciting motto for this: "We are not working to defend a position of power", he says. "In truth we are working so that the streets of the world may be open for Christ."
h/t: Carl Olson

Sounds like a good gift idea for the Papist in your family...

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