THE THEOLOGY OF JOSEPH RATZINGER
byAidan Nichols OP
Joseph Ratzinger first achieved international notice through his contributions to the work of
the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). His appointment as Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith in 1981 gave him a different kind of prominence - as the senior doctrinal guardian of the Roman Curia.
From reform to conservation: is this change of role a 'volteface' in theological direction, or is it, rather, the
pursuit of the 'extreme centre' by changing means? What is the significance of Ratzinger's position and influence
for the future development of the Church?
This book is a comprehensive introduction to a figure who is in his own right, quite apart from his significance in the politics of the Church, a major German Catholic theologian of the twentieth century.
Aidan Nichols OP taught dogmatic and ecumenical theology at the Pontifical University of St Thomas at Rome. He is a member of and an Affiliated Lecturer to, the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University.
At present he is Prior of the Dominican community at Blackfriars, Cambridge, England.
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Version: 30th March 2001