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Read the most comprehensive, accessible overview of this beloved pope’s theology.


 The connections between the various dimensions of Pope Benedict XVI's thought are not always apparent. The Mind of Benedict XVI captures the cohesive nature of his life and thought and offers a profound theological portrayal of one of the most dynamic Catholic figures of the last century.


The Mind of Benedict XVI:
A Theology of Communion
By Richard G. DeClue, Jr.
Foreword by Emery de Gaál
Word on Fire | April 16, 2024
Hardcover | 368 Pages | 6” x 9”
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Mark Galli was the editor in chief of Christianity Today for seven years, a Presbyterian pastor for ten years, and a passionate evangelical Protestant since first responding to an altar call in 1965 at thirteen years old. But in 2020, Galli formally returned to the faith in which he was baptized as an infant: the Roman Catholic Church. 

With All the Saints: My Journey to the Roman Catholic Church is the compelling memoir of one man’s search for the fullness of truth. Through honest and engaging storytelling, Galli recounts the various spiritual, theological, mystical, and ecclesial tributaries that led him to “cross the Tiber” back to Catholicism. Each tradition he passed through—Evangelical, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox—he embraced without satisfaction and left without bitterness, drawing him finally to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church: a Church of saints and sinners, all striving together in the great company of heaven; a Church that he could finally call home.

Honest, insightful, and entertaining, With All the Saints is a memorable love letter to Christ and his Church.

About The Mind of Benedict XVI:
A Theology of Communion

About The Mind of Benedict XVI: A Theology of Communion


Pope Benedict XVI’s legacy is incalculable. His contributions to the Church as cleric and theologian are vast and varied, and his life of faith and theological work are so deeply intertwined that it is impossible to understand Benedict the theologian without understanding Benedict the devout Catholic. 

Surprisingly, Benedict himself never wrote anything describing the “theology of Benedict XVI,” and the connections between the various dimensions of his thought are not often apparent. Author Richard DeClue provides an overview of Benedict’s biography and theological method and deftly articulates the unity within his writings by exploring, chapter by chapter, each of Benedict’s principles regarding the Trinity, revelation, creation, Christology, liturgy, and more. The Mind of Benedict XVI captures the cohesive nature of Benedict’s life and thought and offers a profound theological portrayal of one of the most dynamic Catholic figures of the last century. 





Here’s What People Are Saying...


“DeClue’s survey of Benedict’s thought and legacy is truly exceptional. The most comprehensive accessible overview of this beloved pope’s theology available, it will lead a wide range of readers toward a deeper appreciation of Benedict’s incomparable brilliance and enduring relevance.”
—  Matthew Ramage, Professor of Theology and Co-director of the Center for Integral Ecology at Benedictine College
“Unlike many other books on the theology of Pope Benedict, this work seeks to piece together the many occasional publications and public addresses of Ratzinger / Benedict XVI into a more systematic framework. It will be of great value to theology students as well as being accessible to a general readership. The early sections of the work on Ratzinger’s Bavarian childhood are the best accounts of this period of his life I have read.”
Tracey Rowland, St. John Paul II Chair of Theology, University of Notre Dame (Australia)

This book is a wonderful introduction to the theology of Joseph Ratzinger that is both accessible to anyone interested in his thought and a great addition to any serious student of Ratzinger’s theology. It will be an excellent overview for anyone who wants to study and to understand the thought of this theological giant. DeClue is able to highlight the notion of communion as the consistent note that brings unity and harmony to Ratzinger’s theological symphony, which consists of movements made up of fundamental theology, dogmatics, liturgy, and moral theology.”
Roland Millare, Vice President of Curriculum and Director of Clergy Initiatives for the St. John Paul II Foundation, author of A Living Sacrifice: Liturgy and Eschatology in Joseph Ratzinger




About the Author



Richard G. DeClue, Jr.

Dr. Richard G. DeClue, Jr., is a systematic theologian and Professor of Theology at the Word on Fire Institute. He earned degrees in theology at Belmont Abbey College (BA) and The Catholic University of America (STB, STL, and SThD). Both his STL thesis and doctoral dissertation focused on the thought of Pope Benedict XVI, particularly on his ecclesiology and theology of divine revelation, respectively. Additionally, he has published articles on Benedict XVI in CommunioNova et Vetera, and Evangelization & Culture

“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”

— Pope Benedict XVI   








Foreword by Emery de Gaál
Introduction: Aim and Outline
Chapter 1: Biographical Highlights
Chapter 2: Ratzinger’s Theological Method
Chapter 3: The Triune God
Chapter 4: Creation and Theological Anthropology
Chapter 5: Divine Revelation 
Chapter 6: Christology and Soteriology
Chapter 7: Ecclesiology
Chapter 8: Liturgy and Sacraments
Chapter 9: Morality
Chapter 10: Eschatology
Conclusion: The Unity of Benedict XVI’s Theology