Saturday, May 19, 2007

Quotes from the Pope's Jesus of Nazareth

Luke transmits to us the same saying, but at the end he adds: "And no one after drinking old wine desires new; for he says, 'The old is good'" (Lk 5:39). There do seem to be good grounds for interpreting this as a word of understanding for those who wished to remain with the "old wine." (page 181)


Now, to anyone who claims this is going back to before the Council, I challenge them to find this kind of interpretation back then (by a conservative that is). One of the things that bothers so many progressives in the Church is that both Pope John Paul II and the current pope defy the limitations of the labels placed upon them--they are seekers of the Truth, and not some ideology created in their own image and likeness rather than the image and likeness of the one true God. Another reason, why this is truly a "great book"...


1 comment:

  1. On my blog (Essays From A Little Library), I'd like comment on:

    "That's a difficult piece of writing" is sometimes said, self-centeredly, when one really means the piece of writing is difficult for one to read. Newton's Principia is doubtless a difficult piece of writing; however, unless one is fluent with mathimatically rigorous latin and has a certain poetic sensibility, it is very difficult to read. At another extreme, a piece may be difficult to read because the writer did not have the intended audience clearly in view. However, real difficult pieces of writing, assuming the writer is skilled, largely come from the difficulty of writing to the particular intended audience due to its diversity and it is this which largely determines the enduring classics.

    Ratzinger's "Jesus of Nazareth" is, in my opinion, a difficult piece of writing. Difficult not due to lack of skill of the writer or confusion about his audience but rather due to the diversity of the intended readership. While this difficulty is not immediately apparent and moreover Ratzinger does not explicitly say for whom he is writing, once one tries to comprehend the book as a whole this difficulty becomes apparent.

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