Joseph Ratzingers Theological Ideas outlines the many contexts which have shaped Pope Benedict XVI. It explores the tensions which were important in shaping his theological direction as well as his polemical bent and his keen eye for where the Gospel and the world diverge.
James Corkery SJ teaches theology at the Milltown Institute, Dublin
a sympathetic presentation that shows the roots, the coherence, thec onsistency of Ratzingers thought, but it is not uncritical. highlighting the questions and issues that require continued development and debate.
- David N. Power OMI, authorof The Eucharistic Mystery; Revitalising the Tradition
James Corkery SJ has extablished himself as one of the foremost interpretators of Pope Benedicts thought in the English-speaking world.
- John P. Galvin, Catholic University of America
Jim Corkerys book on Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI is well written and will appeal to the thoughtful general reader as well as to theologians. He seeks an understanding of Ratzinger as man and theologian through an examination of his early life and training as well as by an examination of his theology.
Ratzingers confidence in and devotion to the Church, his emphasis on continuity in its teaching, as well as his attitude towards Europe with its present secular tendencies, and his concern about the dictatorship of relativism, are among the many issues dwelt on in the book, together with the new Popes quiet humanity of style which gives rise to some legitimate hopes for the future.
- TOM MORRISEY, 17 Dec 2009 - The Irish Catholic