BERNARD HÄRING, JOSEPH RATZINGER, AND WAR
by Ted Schmidt
We stand not under naked legalism but rather under the rule of grace. This must be felt in all our pastoral work.
I see, however, inauthentic the preaching of conversion on the individual level can be if one will not also participate in the constant reform of the Church and its structures.
They were both German theologians, chronologically 15 years apart and theologically on different planets. The comparisons between them highlight the tragic direction of the Roman Catholic Church today. Bernard Häring, (b.1912) a German Redemptorist, arguably the most influential moral theologian of the twentieth century died in July of 1998; Josef Ratzinger, (b.1927) a fellow peritus (expert) at the Second Vatican Council, now sits on the throne of St. Peter as Pope Benedict XVl.