Monday, April 23, 2007

Pope rearranges the afterlife

Rom - Nach Jahre langer Debatte hat Papst Benedikt XVI. die traditionelle katholische Vorstellung einer «Vorhölle» (Limbus) für ungetaufte tote Kinder offiziell für überholt erklärt

(I am really, really, really enjoying his new book, Jesus von Nazareth, and will write more about this later)


At 4/23/2007 5:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to get my copy. Father Z has been posting some observations from the Italian edition starting here which you may want to bounce off.


At 4/23/2007 11:55 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Thanks for the link!

At 4/24/2007 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I couldn't resist pulling this off Singing In The Reign, just in case you didn't catch it since it clearly illustrates Benedict's hermeneutic of faith: from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Behold the Pierced One: An Approach to a Spiritual Christology (G. Harrison, trans.; San Francisco: Ignatius, 1986 [1984]), 44-5:

"From a purely scientific point of view, the legitimacy of an interpretation depends on its power to explain things. In other words, the less it needs to interfere with the sources, the more it respects the corpus as given and is able to show it to be intelligible from within, by its own logic, the more apposite such an interpretation is. Conversely, the more it interferes with the sources, the more it feels obliged to excise and throw doubt on things found there, the more alien to the subject it is. To that extent, its explanatory power is also its ability to maintain the inner unity of the corpus in question. It involves the ability to unify, to achieve a synthesis, which is the reverse of superficial harmonization. Indeed, only faith’s hermeneutic is sufficient to measure up to these criteria."

Jeremy Priest -- Detroit, MI USA

At 4/25/2007 1:01 AM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Jeremy, thanks for the helpful citation! Unfortunately, the link doesn't work, perhaps you could paste it in again and simply divide it into two?
Thanks again.

At 4/25/2007 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've pasted the link for the paper on The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict in two here:

Hopefully that does the trick...enjoy!


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