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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“After the Second Vatican Council, the impression arose that the pope really could do anything in liturgical matters, especially if he were acting on the mandate of an ecumenical council. Eventually, the idea of the givenness of the liturgy, the fact that one cannot do with it what one will, faded from the public consciousness of the West.”
— Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

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Collected Works of Joseph Ratzinger
published 18 May 2014 by Fr. David Friel

T MUST BE A STRANGE experience to witness your “collected works” beginning to be assembled. It says something about not only a person’s scholarship and distinction, but also his or her age. I would imagine it is an experience that demands humility, docility, & prayer.

As you may be aware, Ignatius Press has begun the compilation of the Collected Works of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI). The first volume has just been published this month. Interestingly, the first volume to appear is actually labeled Volume 11. This is because the Holy Father expressed the desire to have his writings on the liturgy published first, before the rest of the collection. That liturgy should be his priority will not surprise those who have studied Ratinzger’s writings over the years; the sacred liturgy has always been the center of the cosmos and of all reality in his theological worldview.

For a good introduction to this new release, check out the summary posted by Ignatius Press. Included there are several quotes from the author’s Introduction, which help to explain some of the professorial mind of our Pope Emeritus.

I look forward to the completion of these Collected Works.