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Daughter Zion: Meditations on the Church's Marian Belief

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Daughter Zion explores the biblical witness to the Church's Marian dogmas? Mary's role as Mother of God, her virginity, the Immaculate Conception, and her Assumption into heaven. Cardinal Ratzinger examines how these beliefs are linked to the Church's faith in Jesus Christ. Far from competing with the truth about Christ, the Church's Marian beliefs uphold and underscore th ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Ignatius Press (first published 1977)
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May 05, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
The first portion of the book provides one of the best explorations of Mary as Virgin and Mother, as Theotokos, that I've encountered. The meditations in the portions on the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption included some beautiful insights into the Catholic faith. For such a short work, Daughter Zion is certainly quite an accomplishment. Readers should be aware going in, however, that the book is a theological meditation... it goes into more theological and exegetical detail than a praye ...more
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Sep 22, 2016 Bethanie Ryan rated it really liked it
Yesterday I finished the first book I’ve ever read by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. I’m quite proud of myself. This isn’t the first one I’ve started. One of the Lay Dominicans in my chapter has made the argument that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will one day be declared a Doctor of the Church. To be declared a Doctor of the Church, you have to be someone that people generally agree wrote or spoke in such a way as to clarify or develop Christian doctrine. Many commentators have pointed out that B ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Conor rated it it was amazing
Great book on the Church's Marian Doctrine. In his typically simple and accessible style, Joseph Ratzinger gives a broad overview of the Church's Marian teaching. His simplicity and beauty in explaining these teachings is remarkable. There are tons of little gems in this little gem of a book!
Dec 29, 2014 Zachary rated it really liked it
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A very concise and cogent theological reflection on a few of Mary's titles (Mother, Mother of God), and the connection between the theology of the Church, and the theology of Mary. Ratzinger's theology is, as usual, almost poetry.
Dec 14, 2009 Erik marked it as to-read
Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Bibliography.
Mar 24, 2016 Ei rated it really liked it
Answered the question of Mary, Mother of God vs Mother of Christ.
A real stretch for me to read. Lots of new vocabulary words. ;)
Jul 18, 2015 Peter rated it it was amazing
While as an affirmation of Roman Catholic Marian theology this little book goes beyond what I would affirm as a Protestant, there is much here that is of benefit to any Christian. Ratzinger/Benedict is at his best when explaining those doctrines which have been most universally accepted by the church.
Suzanne Garrison
Marian Dogma Explained

One of Pope Benedict's earlier writings, this short treatise on Marian dogma is a jumbled mix of a relatable, easy to understand writing style and a scholarly, put you to sleep lecture.
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Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) was the 265th Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, an ...more
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