The Essential Pope Benedict XVI
His Central Writings and Speeches
Edited by John F. Thornton & Susan B. Varenne
Introduction by D. Vincent Twomey, S.V.D.
On April 24, 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI, the successor of the Apostle Peter and the spiritual leader of more than one billion Roman Catholics. This collection lays out Benedict's thinking and relates it to a variety of contemporary issues, including modern cultures, abandonment of traditional religious values, social mores regarding conception and the sanctity of life, current challenges to the priesthood, and the Catholic Church's relations with other world religions.
Author: John F. Thornton and Susan B. Varenne