Joseph Ratzinger and the Healing of Reformation-Era Divisions

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Edited by Emery de Gaál and Matthew Levering

$49.95

Edited by Emery de Gaál and Matthew Levering, Joseph Ratzinger and the Healing of Reformation-Era Divisions examines Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI’s manifold contributions to Catholic-Protestant theological reflection. The collection opens with an introduction comparing Ratzinger’s approach to ecumenism to that of Karl Rahner. Rahner argues that the structural uniting of Protestants and Catholics should take place now without worrying about doctrinal differences. In contrast, Ratzinger argues that unity in Christ requires probing the doctrinal differences and seeking a deeper understanding of the reasoning of each side—on the grounds that the truth of the Gospel that each side desires to preserve will ultimately be the basis for the only kind of Christian ecclesial unity worth having, namely, a unity of the basis of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Detailed essays follow, treating a number of loci including papal primacy, ecumenical principles, liturgy, evangelization, Mariology, Christ’s birth and the celebration of Christmas, public theology, Christocentrism, Martin Luther, charity, conscience, missiology, justification, the reception of Ratzinger/Benedict in Radical Orthodoxy, and Scripture and Tradition.  These essays run the full gamut of Ratzinger/Benedict’s major themes and preoccupations.

Ten of the essays are by Catholic scholars, and seven by Protestant scholars. Contributors include many of the world’s leading Ratzinger experts, and the volume opens with an essay by Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer, Director of the Pope Benedict XVI Institute in Regensburg, Germany.

Aquinas on Beatific Charity and the Problem of Love

The “problem of love” needs further inquiry and a resolution as to whether God is the ultimate object of love or whether our own happiness is the object of love. This is both a perennial problem in thought and a textual problem in Aquinas. It seems evident that our duty is to love God above all things and for his own sake. On the other hand, it seems that descriptions of the moral life as rooted in a search for perfect . . .

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The Bible and Catholic Ressourcement: Essays on Scripture and Theology

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By William M. Wright IV

$42.95

The essays in this collection all concern the interpretation of Scripture in relation to the Catholic Ressourcement. A theological renewal movement that began in the early twentieth century, the Ressourcement movement centered on a “return to the sources” such as Scripture, the Church Fathers, and liturgy. The point of such a return was to discover in these sources the wisdom, truth, and spiritual insight which could speak meaningfully to contemporary challenges.

William M. Wright first focuses on three major Ressourcement figures—Henri de Lubac, Yves Congar, and Joseph Ratzinger—and considers aspects of their theological thinking about Scripture or how Scripture is employed as a theological resource. Next, Wright examines Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth books, showing how they put into practice (for a general readership) many of the theological insights characteristic of the Ressourcement movement. Last, Wright considers how the theological insights of the Ressourcement movement can be used to as a resource for the interpretation of Scripture. He uses characteristic Ressourcement concerns, such as the relationship between the testaments, the theology of history, and liturgy, to help illumine the biblical text.

Wright not only provides substantive examination of the place of the Bible in this important theological movement, but also shows how the insights of the Ressourcement can be helpful for the interpretation of Scripture today.

Speaking the Truth in Love: The Catechism and the New Evangelization

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By Petroc Willey and Scott R. Sollom

$54.95

Decades after the release of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and St. John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization, catechetical scholars and practitioners have yet to unpack the full potential of the Catechism as a point for renewal in the Church.

Now, Scott R. Sollom and Petroc Willey present its capacity for reviving catechesis, education, and culture.

In Speaking the Truth in Love: The Catechism and the New Evangelization, explore the Catechism’s explanatory power, its compelling articulation of a civilization characterized by faith, hope, and love, and its recognition that the spiritual life is the heart of evangelizing work.

The One Church of Christ: Understanding Vatican II

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By Stephen A. Hipp

$34.95

Vatican II represents a watershed in the history of Catholic ecclesiology. Although it stands in organic continuity with previous magisterial teaching, distortions of its teaching have proliferated since the time of the Council, leading many to conclude that the Catholic Church changed her position regarding the identity that exists between the One Church of Christ and the Catholic Church.

Stephen A. Hipp’s The One Church of Christ: Understanding Vatican II refutes that conclusion and explains the Catholic understanding of how Christ’s indivisible Church relates to the Catholic Church, to non-Catholic Christian communities, and to other religious societies. Hipp thoroughly examines the controversial statement that “the Church of Christ subsists in the Catholic Church” from terminological, historical, and theological perspectives, showing that Vatican II introduces nothing doctrinally new to the Church’s self-understanding, but provides a more nuanced way of speaking about the unicity and universality that define Christ’s Church.  He reveals that Vatican II thereby establishes ecumenism and interreligious dialogue on fruitful ground, while calling Catholics to a greater appreciation of the extraordinary gift of the Church’s subsistence.

Self-Gift: Essays on Humanae Vitae and the Thought of John Paul II

Janet E. Smith has been among the world’s preeminent voices in the study of the issues raised by Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical letter Humanae vitaeSelf-Gift: Essays on Humanae Vitae and the Thought of John Paul II presents Smith’s critical collection of essays on the vocation of marriage, human sexuality, contraception, and more.

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Aquinas Institute's Opera Omnia Series

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From the Aquinas Institute

$45.00 and up

The Aquinas Institute is dedicated to getting the works of Aquinas into as many hands as possible in user-friendly formats, because the world would be a better place if more people thought like Aquinas. Collaboration with the Leonine Commission has enabled the Aquinas Institute to tap into the best texts available, and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities have made new translations possible. The Aquinas Institute continues to research and develop the technology and tools necessary to keep the goal of publishing the complete works of Aquinas in Latin and English firmly in sight.

Emmaus Academic has partnered with the Aquinas Institute to make the writings of Aquinas more widely available than ever.