Peter Seewald
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There are a lot of threads and news reports (and threads about the threads on the Pope) all because of a book by Peter Seewald.

It is a book based on interviews with the Pope, and as such, it presents a conversation between the Pope and Peter Seewald, as the writer decided. And the media seems to love to misquote and forget context and who wrote what when citing this work.

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#2
I've never heard the man's name before - at least not that I remember.  What do we know about this fellow, his background, his allegiances to Holy Mother church, etc?
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#3
Quote:Not only is Peter Seewald a highly respected European journalist, but he admittedly owes much to the priestly ministry of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger - now Pope Benedict XVI. He openly acknowledges that he was an atheist until his encounters with the Pope. Those encounters led to his conversion to the Catholic faith.
http://www.catholic.org/international/in...p?id=38060
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#4
Basically, he's the Pope's reporter.

Quote:Peter Seewald wuchs nahe Passau in Niederbayern in einer katholischen Familie auf. Seine ursprünglich enge religiöse Bindung – er war Oberministrant in seiner Heimatgemeinde – wich recht früh einer kritischen Haltung im Zuge der 68er-Bewegung, während der er Anhänger des Marxismus wurde, und welche 1973 zum Kirchenaustritt führte. 1976 gründete er in Passau eine linksradikale Wochenzeitung, die zwei Jahre später eingestellt wurde.

Seewald war von 1981 bis 1987 Redakteur beim Spiegel, von 1987 bis 1990 Reporter beim Stern. Er wechselte danach zu dem Magazin der Süddeutschen Zeitung, das er 1993 verließ. Seitdem ist er freier Journalist. Nach seinem Kirchenaustritt widmete er sich weiterhin auch religiösen Themen. Aus einem ausführlichen Interview mit Kardinal Joseph Ratzinger 1996 entstand schließlich sein Buch "Salz der Erde", das er zusammen mit dem Interviewten herausgab, und welches den späteren Papst abseits der häufig kolportierten Rollen ("Panzerkardinal", "Großinquisitor") porträtiert. Dies Interview war laut Seewald auch der Anlass einer Rückbesinnung, die schließlich in seinem Wiedereintritt in die katholische Kirche resultierte.

Der Autor widmete sich auch im Anschluss bevorzugt religiösen Themen. Unter seinen folgenden Werken befindet sich mit "Gott und die Welt" ein weiteres, welches er zusammen mit Ratzinger herausgab. Beide gemeinsame Veröffentlichungen wurden vielfach übersetzte Bestseller. Seewald hat ein gutes, enges Verhältnis zu Ratzinger, den er als mitverantwortlich für seine Rekonversion bezeichnet. Nach dessen Ernennung zum Papst verfasste er zwei Portraits über ihn.

Im Sommer 2010 hielt sich Seewald für einige Tage in Castel Gandolfo auf, um zusammen mit Papst Benedikt XVI. ein drittes Interviewbuch vorzubereiten. Das Interview Seewalds mit Papst Benedikt XVI. erscheint Ende November 2010 unter dem Titel Licht der Welt. In diesem Buch relativiert der Papst erstmals überraschend seine bisherige strikte Ablehnung des Gebrauchs von Kondomen.

Inhaltlich zeichnen sich Seewalds Darstellungen meist eher durch einfühlsame Berichterstattung, sowie den Versuch, Verständnis für Motivationen zu wecken, aus, als durch sezierendes Hinterfragen.

Peter Seewald ist verheiratet und hat zwei Söhne. Er lebt in München.

Here's a brief and rough translation. I hope our german-speaking fish eaters can chime in and correct my mistakes:

"Peter Seewald grew up close to Passau in Lower Bavaria in a Catholic family. His originally close religious connections – he was "oberministrant" in his home municipality – gave way rather early to a critical posture in the course of the 68th movement, while he became a follower of Marxism, and which led him in 1973 to leave the Church. In 1976 he founded in Passau a left radical weekly paper which was shut down two years later.

Seewald was from 1981 to 1987 an editor with der Spiegel and from 1987 to 1990 reporter with der Stern. He changed afterwards to the magazine Süddeutschen Zeitung which he left in 1993. Since then he is a free lance journalist. After leaving the Church he also devoted himself furthermore to religious themes. From a detailed interview with Card. Joseph Ratzinger in 1996 originated, in the end, his book "Salt of the Earth" which he published together with the interviewed and which portrays the later pope with the often known nicknames ("Panzer Cardinal", "Grand Inquisitor"). This interview was also, according to Seewald, the occasion for him to meditate anew which resulted, lastly, in his re-entry into the Catholic Church.

The author also devoted himself in the preferred connections to religious themes. Under his following works one can find, alongside "God and the World", another one which he published together with Ratzinger. Both these common publications often became translated best-sellers. Seewald has a good, close relationship with Ratzinger whom he calls a jointly responsible for his reconversion. After his appointment to the Pope he has written two portrayals about him.

In Summer 2010 Seewald stayed for some days in Castel Gandolfo to prepare the third interview book together with Pope Benedikt XVI. The interview of Seewald with Pope Benedikt XVI appears at the end of November 2010 under the title "Light of the world." In this book the pope unexpectedly gives qualifications for the first time about his present strict refusal of the use of condoms.

As regards content, a representation of Seewald can be drawn mostly by his rather empathetic reporting, as well as his attempt to understand motivations, as well as by dissecting questions.

Peter Seewald is married and has two sons. He lives in Munich."
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#5
He previously wrote a biography of the Holy Father, and was known to be close to him going back before his election. Obviously the Holy Father knows and trusts him, otherwise he wouldn't have granted him a book length interview, so I'm sure Seewald didn't misquote or misrepresent what the Holy Father said. Everyone needs to settle down and stop listening to ANYTHING said by the secular media on this matter.
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#6
Vetus:  Very good.  Only thing I noticed was a few tense errors, but other than that  :)
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#7
So do we like this author or not?
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#8
(11-22-2010, 03:51 PM)3Sanctus Wrote: So do we like this author or not?

He's on the Pope's side.  For some of us, that is a point in Seewald's favour.
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(11-22-2010, 03:51 PM)3Sanctus Wrote: So do we like this author or not?

It does not matter. What matters is that the media will report on what is in the book as if it were dogmatic proclamations from the Pope's mouth.

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(11-22-2010, 03:55 PM)JayneK Wrote:
(11-22-2010, 03:51 PM)3Sanctus Wrote: So do we like this author or not?

He's on the Pope's side.  For some of us, that is a point in Seewald's favour.

I'm actually a pretty big fan of His Holiness, the above post was not meant as a jab at the Holy Father.  That said, just because the Holy Father likes him doesn't mean he is a good author and someone a traditional Catholic would necessarily like to read.  I was hoping to see what people think about him since I haven't heard of him or read anything by him before.
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