Church Fathers and Teachers From Saint Leo the Great to Peter Lombard

ISBN-10: 1586173170

ISBN-13: 9781586173173

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Authors: Pope Benedict XVI

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After meditating on the Apostles and then on the Fathers of the early Church, as seen in his earlier works Jesus, the Apostles and the Early Church and Church Fathers, Pope Benedict XVI devoted his attention to the most influential Christian men from the fifth through the twelfth centuries. In his first book, Church Fathers, Benedict began with Clement of Rome and ended with Saint Augustine. In this volume, the Holy Father reflects on some of the greatest theologians of the Middle Ages: Benedict, Anselm, Bernard, and Gregory the Great, to name just a few.By exploring both the lives and the ideas of the great popes, abbots, scholars and missionaries who lived during the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of Christendom, Pope Benedict XVI highlights the key elements of Catholic dogma and practice that remain the foundation stones not only of the Roman Catholic Church but of Christian society itself. This book is a wonderful way to get to know these later Church Fathers and Teachers and the tremendous spiritually rich patrimony they have bequeathed to us.
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List price: $16.95
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 5/30/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 211
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Joseph Ratzinger was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn in the state of Bavaria, Germany. Ratzinger entered the minor seminary in Traunstein, in 1939 and in 1943 along with the rest of his seminary class he was drafted into the Flak [anti-aircraft corps]. In 1944 he was released from the Flak and returned home only to be drafted into labor detail under the infamous Austrian Legion. In the spring of 1945 Ratzinger deserted the army and headed home but when the Americans arrive at his village shortly thereafter, he was identified as a German soldier and incarcerated in a POW camp for a brief time. Following his release he re-entered the seminary. In 1951 Joseph was ordained into the priesthood and began lectures as a full professor of fundamental theology at the University of Bonn. From 1962-65 Ratzinger was present during all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council as a peritus, or chief theological advisor to Cardinal Joseph Frings of Cologne, Germany. . In 1977 Joseph Ratzinger was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and on June 27 elevated to Cardinal of Munich by Pope Paul VI. In 1981 Ratzinger accepted Pope John Paul II's invitation to take over as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in 1986 he was appointed head of a 12-member commission responsible for drafting the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Ratzinger was elected vice dean of the College of Cardinals in 1988. In 2002 Pope John Paul II, approved his election as dean of the College of Cardinals. On April 8, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II. On April 19, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Bishop of Rome on the fourth ballot of the conclave and took the name Benedict XVI.

Saint Leo the Greatp. 7
Boethius and Cassiodorusp. 12
Saint Benedict of Norciap. 19
Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagitep. 25
Saint Romanus the Melodistp. 31
Saint Gregory the Great (1)p. 37
Saint Gregory the Great (2)p. 43
Saint Columbanp. 49
Saint Isidore of Sevillep. 55
Saint Maximus the Confessorp. 60
John Climacusp. 66
Saint Bede, the Venerablep. 73
Saint Boniface, the Apostle of the Germansp. 79
Ambrose Autpertp. 86
Germanus of Constantinoplep. 93
John Damascenep. 99
Saint Theodore the Studitep. 105
Rabanus Maurusp. 111
John Scotus Erigenap. 117
Saints Cyril and Methodiusp. 123
Saint Odo of Clunyp. 129
Saint Peter Damianp. 135
Symeon the New Theologianp. 141
Saint Anselmp. 146
Peter the Venerablep. 152
Saint Bernard of Clairvauxp. 157
Monastic Theology and Scholastic Theologyp. 163
Two Theological Models in Comparison: Bernard and Abelardp. 169
The Cluniac Reformp. 174
The Cathedral from the Romanesque to the Gothic Architecture: The Theological Backgroundp. 179
Hugh and Richard of Saint-Victorp. 185
William of Saint-Thierryp. 192
Rupert of Deutzp. 198
John of Salisburyp. 204
Peter Lombardp. 210
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