Values in a Time of Upheaval, by Joseph Ratzinger

Good introduction to the political thought of Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. It’s a short (167-page) collection of 10 separate essays/lectures. The best are “Conscience and Truth” (from 1992, around the time of Veritatis Splendor, and echoing its themes) and “Europe’s Identity: Its Intellectual Foundations Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” (from 2004, on the importance of faith and reason for Europe’s identity and future).

What American bishops come close to Ratzinger for seriousness of purpose and clarity of thought? Cardinal George, sometimes.

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