In an exciting development, Giulio Cesareo, the new head of Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV) has announced the publication of three major works of theology by the present pontiff. The works, which have heretofore existed only in typescript on the shelves of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, were discovered by accident during a recent audit, and have been edited for publication in both German and Spanish by none other than Cardinal Walter Kasper.

The three books cover a wide range of topics – all of them related to the great themes which have emerged in the ministry of Pope Francis. The first is a study of the doctrine of the indissolubility of marriage in the works of Aquinas and Bonaventure; the second, a masterly survey of ‘The Individual Conscience from Bellarmine to Newman’; and the third, a voluminous commentary on the encyclical ‘Veritatis Splendor’.

The books will appear initially in a leather-bound edition, as a boxed set.

Says Cardinal Blase Cupich, in a specially commissioned preface:

‘These are the works we have all been waiting for. Elegant, erudite and compassionate, these volumes will be seen as the rock upon which the ‘paradigm shift’ which has come about in the last five years, stands firm and proud. Who can but wonder at the modesty of this Pope, who has allowed these great works to languish so long in obscurity whilst he courageously leads the Church along the path which they outline?’

In a gracious foreword, Bartholemew, the Ecumenical Patriarch echoes Cupich’s sentiments: ‘These are not simply books; they are much more than that: they are a light shining on the very essentials of the Faith.’

A presentation set, signed by both Pope Francis and Cardinal Kasper, will be auctioned at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, the proceeds to go to the  Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI), a charity close to the heart of the Holy Father.

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