Saturday, January 28, 2023

Jesus and the Faith-Reason Relationship, Key to the Thought and Teaching of Benedict XVI

Joseph Ratzinger was a professor pontiff who is considered one of the best theologians in recent church history. His thought is the fruit of a life devoted to the study of theology; A path that has enlightened minds and guided hearts to faith.

manager. Giuseppe Scotti
Former President, Joseph Ratzinger Vatican Foundation
“When re-reading his texts, his opera Omnia, one sees how at first he is a professor who speaks as a professor. He approaches his students with language of some difficulty, as do teachers. Later, the depth of his teaching is maintained but the language is fully accessible and reaches its summit in the Holy See.

His illustrious career as a theologian began in the 1950s. As a teacher, his first job was at the University of Bonn in Germany in 1959. To his students, he was a teacher who left his mark. For 30 years he visited him, even when he was pope.

manager. Giuseppe Scotti
Former President, Joseph Ratzinger Vatican Foundation

“He is a teacher who stimulated his students, interested them to the point that they loved their teacher, they used the same methods as their teacher and therefore, they were interested and fascinated. And He charmed her in return.

One of the most important contributions of Benedict XVI’s intellectual legacy is the faith-reason dialogue. He led by example, arguing with intellectuals of very different views, such as Jürgen Habermas. For the first retired Pope, faith and conscience must go hand in hand.

Benedict XVI
“Faith and reason need and complement each other, not only for intellectual understanding but also for nurturing true hopes in humanity.”

His religious literary work is also vast. It has about 600 publications, of which three sections on Jesus of Nazareth are prominent. Some of the best-sellers that created the image of Jesus Christ in history.

manager. Giuseppe Scotti
Former President, Joseph Ratzinger Vatican Foundation

“He says, the faith I’m talking about, the Jesus I’m talking about, the crucified, dead, buried and risen Jesus, is the Jesus you can find in history “

In his nearly eight years, Pope Benedict XVI wrote three encyclopedias focused on love, hope and charity; Four Apostolic Exhortations and many documents that have enriched the Magisterium of the Church. Dozens of his catechisms on the lives or prayers of the Church’s patriarchs, women, saints are also memorable. It is a valuable legacy of one of the most celebrated intellectuals of recent times.

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