The file on Benedict
John Allen, Pope Benedict XVI (Continuum, 2000; reissued 2005). Allen, a well-known Vatican reporter, has lately foresworn the largely negative tone of this volume and written more favorably about Benedict. But this remains useful as a running criticism of Ratzinger’s thought and work.
Aidan Nichols, O.P., The Thought of Benedict XVI: An Introduction to the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger (Burns & Oates, 1988; reissued 2005). One world-class theologian writes about another. Nichols gives a step-by-step account of Ratzinger’s theological work through the late 1980s.
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