Improper Wisdom

What the Pope Learned from August Adam

A few years ago I had the chance to have a long conversation with then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in Straubing, a small, beautiful town in Lower Bavaria. Ratzinger was there to celebrate the annual feast day of Germany’s oldest surviving religious confraternity, the St. Salvator Confraternity. In the course of our conversation, I mentioned that the German theologian August Adam once lived and taught in Straubing. Ratzinger was obviously...

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About the Author

Ulrich L. Lehner, a native of Bavaria, teaches early modern church history in the theology department at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the author or editor of five books, and has written numerous articles on historical theology and church history.