Here are a few (roughly remembered) comments from the afternoon talks by Fr. Vincent Twomey, Emeritus Professor Moral Theology and former student of Joseph Ratzinger, either quoting Ratzinger/Benedict or remarking on his thinking and his theology:
It is the loss of transcendence that gives rise to political ideologies, which, in turn, give rise to social and cultural catastrophes.From Sr. Timothy Prokes, Professor of Theology at the Graduate School of Christendom College:
By itself, politics cannot produce that without which it collapses into incoherence, namely, ethics and the authority on which they depend.
Political powerlessness is the key to the recovery of the Church's real power.
If Hans Urs von Balthasar was like a painter who painted every single detail with incredible precision, Joseph Ratzinger is like Picasso, who with a few bold brush strokes captured the essence of the subject.
Cardinal Ratazinger/Pope Benedict XVI, however, "speaks in paragraphs, thinks in chapters, and writes books in a single draft."
The reduction of reason to rationalism is a disaster for our age and our world. Reason needs revelation in order to be itself, and revelation needs reason in order to account for itself.
On the subject of conscience in a world where many think of it as a synonym for one's own preferences, Fr. Twomey used a little parable: an old woman has lost something but she cannot remember what she has lost until she finds it. An adequately formed conscience is like that.
Finally, from Fr. Twomey, citing the pope: Only when the Church respects her limits is she limitless.
The body's meaning is gift, and humans are made for self-gift.
On Ratzinger/Benedict's discussion of the body in the Church's liturgical life: the refusal to kneel is a misunderstanding of freedom. To kneel is to recognize the truth of one's existence.More if and when there's time.