By Louis Bouyer
This is the memoir of 1 of the good theologians and churchmen of the final century. it truly is tough to magnify Louis Bouyer's contribution to Catholic theology and his behind-the-scenes position in definite, very important twentieth-century occasions within the lifetime of the Church. A French convert from Lutheranism; a clergyman of the Oratory; knowledgeable on Scripture, liturgy, the heritage of spirituality, Newman, ecclesiology, and Reformation theology; and a twice-appointed member of the foreign Theological fee, Bouyer was once a guy of mammoth theological imaginative and prescient and profound intensity of information and insight. He used to be either an important theological contributor to the renewed imaginative and prescient that ended in the second one Vatican Council and a staunch critic of its false impression within the a long time that it.
Bouyer recounts the tale of his existence and learning—the humans, areas, occasions, and concepts that formed his profoundly Catholic lifestyles. He tells of his relationships and encounters with such theological and Church notables as Yves Congar, Jean Danielou, Henri de Lubac, Joseph Ratzinger (later, Pope Benedict XVI), Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Karl Rahner. A disciple of the Lord and a guy of serious love for the Church, he usually writes with parrhesia—pastoral frankness—and wit concerning the shortcomings of Catholic associations and lifestyles, specially with recognize to alterations undertaken within the identify of reform yet which didn't actually partake of the resources of the Church's lifestyles and mission.
About the writing of his memoir Bouyer acknowledged, "In the pages that persist with, what i need to remember is what, on ultimate, or unquestionably almost ultimate, mirrored image, turns out to me to have the main which means. i'm hoping that those that learn them, and particularly my associates, either identified and unknown (for a author, aren't a lot of those latter usually one of the closest?), also will draw a few take advantage of them, maybe greater than I do myself. I hasten so as to add that the leisure that those pages may possibly, no less than i'm hoping, offer them is an essential component in my eyes of that strength revenue. For it's a too-little-known yet to me unquestionable indisputable fact that windfall has an exceptional and, after all, the easiest experience of humor!"
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