HOW THE CATHOLIC CHURCH CAN RESTORE OUR CULTURE
By Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Former Prefect of the Papal Household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein presents a stirring defense of Catholic theology, Church tradition, and the primacy of the Catholic Faith in his much-anticipated American book debut, How the Catholic Church Can Restore Our Culture.
As one of the most distinguished figures in the Catholic Church and the only man to have been in daily interaction with two popes simultaneously, Archbishop Gänswein presents an array of profound observations about the state of the Church and its likely future in an increasingly secular society. He offers a vigorous and convincing argument for the indispensability of the Catholic Church as a civilizing force in culture, and how she alone can, and must, serve as a bulwark against the growing cultural totalitarianism currently seizing the West.
Gänswein also interprets what the “expanded papacy” means for the Church and explains how Pope Benedict s resignation has played a critical and necessary role in demythologizing the office of the papacy.
Finally, he offers a framework for spiritual renewal, beginning with the personal reform of priests and bishops. To save the Church, the archbishop explains, we need clerics who prioritize and epitomize the proclamation of God’s Word in their own lives and work. The “pastoral approach” of today is important, but only if it recaptures its original, evangelical dimension.
This sublime collection of Gänswein’s essays, homilies, and interviews also discusses:
Paperback. 224 pages.
- Why Pope Benedict XVI resigned
- Gänswein’s most painful day as Pope Benedict’s secretary (not the day he resigned)
- How Pope Benedict interpreted the assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II in relation to Our Lady of Fatima’s message
- Pope Benedict’s plan for desecularizing the Church
- A typical day in the life of Pope Emeritus Benedict
- What Europe can – and should – learn from the history of the Catholic Church