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The Ratzinger Report is the name given to a long series of interviews, collected over several days, that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger gave to the Italian journalist Vittorio Messori in 1985, which discussed the state of the Roman Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council.

The Report was very critical of the hermeneutic of rupture associated with the liberal spirit of Vatican II within the Church. It has been often re-read in the context of the current papacy of Benedict XVI, in order to correctly understand the mind and the thinking of the Sovereign pontiff.

Topics discussed

  • The true Spirit and letter of Vatican II
  • The Church as God's Church, not the laity Church
  • The nature of the priesthood
  • The papacy, the episcopacy, and the role of bishops' conferences.
  • Liberalism, relativism and the permissiveness of modern society
  • The role of women
  • Six reasons not to forget the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Spirituality for today
  • The dignity of the liturgy, the eucharist as the heart of faith, and the difference between solemnity and triumphalism
  • The devil, the angels, purgatory, and limbo
  • Ecumenism and Christian unity
  • Liberation theology, Marxism and capitalism
  • Evangelization and why Jesus is the only Savior

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