Could you imagine sitting in on a conversation between George W. Bush and Pope Benedict XVI? And they say us academic theory-heads are difficult to understand!
(courtesy of Nate Hinerman, San Francisco philosopher and Gold Cane regular)
Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) Selected Quotable Quotes:
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. "Magisterium of the Church, Faith, Morality." In Curran and McCormick. Readings in Moral Theology, No. 2., p.186.
In the process of assimilating what is really rational and rejecting what only seems to be rational, the whole Church has to play a part. This process cannot be carried out in every detail by an isolated Magisterium, with oracular infallibility. The life and suffering of Christians who profess their faith in the midst of their times has just as important a part to play as the thinking and questioning of the learned, which would have a very hollow ring without the backing of Christian existence, which learns to discern spirits in the travail of everyday life.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. THE RATZINGER REPORT: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church. 1985. p. 134.
The Eucharist presupposes the other sacraments and points towards them. But Eucharist also presupposes personal prayer, prayer in the family and extra-liturgical prayer in community. ... two of the deepest and most fruitful prayers of Christendom; which are always leading us anew into the mighty river of the Eucharist: the Stations of the Cross and the Rosary. If nowadays we are so dangerously exposed to the attractions of Asiatic religious practices; it is surely in part because we have forgotten these prayers.
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Moral Theology Today: Certitudes and Doubts, 1984, p. 340, listing all the probable causes for theological dissent :
He [the dissenter] may not have understood the [magisterial] statement. He may have misunderstood another statement which affects his understanding of this one. The causes of dissent in a person can even be of an entirely sentimental kind. He may, after all, not like his bishop!
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Ibid., p. 339.
... dissent is a free act of the person which involves him in the taking of an intellectual stand, with no claimable support from the enlightening Spirit of truth, but which nevertheless puts distance between the one who dissent s and the ones who do not. Dissent is not a parlor game, it is serious business and should be recognized as such, not only by the Church, but also by the person who decides to take the dissenting position. Isolation of anyone in a community is a problem.