New York: Sheed and Ward, 1966. First American edition. Octavo. Original pink cloth, original dust jacket. An about-fine copy. Item #126
"YOU HAVE ONE TEACHER AND YOU ARE ALL BRETHREN" (MT 23:8) First American edition of Joseph Ratzinger's ecumenical essay, originally prepared as an address in 1958. Ratzinger was a young peritus at Vatican II and though the essay was written before the Council, it wasn't published until after the close of the last session in December, 1965. The work is divided into three main sections: The Idea of Christian Brotherhood before and outside Christianity, The Development of the Idea of Brotherhood in Early Christianity, and An Attempt at Synthesis. Introduction by Robert McAfee Brown of Stanford University (and a Protestant observer at the Council) stressing the "pre-conciliar and pre-Johannine" nature of the work. Translated by W. A. Glen-Doeple. With Ratzinger's brief Foreword, dated "Bonn, August 1960." Approbations.