Twentieth-Century Catholic Theologians by Fergus Kerr

By Fergus Kerr

This booklet reviews at the lives and works of the main influential Catholic theologians of the 20 th century. a brand new ebook from one of many optimum Roman Catholic theologians at present writing in EnglishReports at the lives and works of the main influential Catholic theologians of the 20th centuryCovers theologians together with: Chenu, the guru of the French employee priest flow; Congar who was once imprisoned in Colditz; and K?ng who used to be banned from educating for many years due to his radical viewsHighlights the involvement of every theologian with the second one Vatican Council, and the dissatisfaction of such a lot with what was once achievedIncludes a bankruptcy at the arguable prelate, Pope John Paul II

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In part because convenient victims became ever scarcer, however, and in part because western Europe was forced by Viking and Muslim attacks to look to its internal defences, the rhythm of channelled aggression broke down as the ninth century wore on. The West’s problems were 22 Origins exacerbated by bitter civil wars between members of the Carolingian family. A consequence was the loosening of the bonds of loyalty and common purpose which had connected the kings to the warrior dynasties of the regions.

Consequently the Holy Land, which had been overrun by the Arabs in the seventh century, was bound to attract the Church’s attention sooner or later. It is important to note a distinction between the senior clerical policy-makers who would one day devise the First Crusade and the lay people who would volunteer to go on it. The perspective of a Mediterranean-wide struggle was visible only to those institutions, in particular the papacy, which had the intelligence networks, grasp of geography, and sense of long historical tradition to take a broad overview of Christendom and its threatened predicament, real or supposed.

Seldom neatly contained aristocratic combats, they had wide repercussions, for crude but effective economic warfare was regularly waged on opponents’ assets, and that meant peasants, livestock, crops, and farm buildings. Brutality was so common it could be ritualistic. In about 1100, for example, a knight from Gascony prayed at the monastery of Sorde that God would enable him to catch his brother’s murderer. The intended victim was ambushed, his face was horribly mutilated, his hands and feet were cut off, and he was castrated.

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