The allure of National Socialism cannot touch Joseph Ratzinger. He sees through the tyranny and knows his own goal: he wants to become a Catholic priest. Together with 120 seminarists he enters the priests´ seminary in Freising and studies philosophy at the local college. In 1947 are added studies in theology at Munich University. On 29th June 1951 he is ordained as priest along with his brother Georg and a further 42 candidates by Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber. On 8th July he celebrates his first Mass together with his brother in Traunstein. After working for a short time as assistant priest in Moosach there follows a year´s pastoral care in Bogenhausen, a district of Munich. His workload is enormous: religious lessons in six different classes, two different sermons every Sunday. He has intensive contact to young people and countless meetings with people: in the confessional, at the sickbed, at christenings and funerals. In 1952 the young chaplain is appointed lecturer at the priests´ seminary in Freising. He holds lectures on sacramental care. In 1953 Joseph Ratzinger becomes a doctor of theology. His academic career takes its course.
His Habilitation, postdoctoral lecturer qualification, in 1957 is followed by work as professor in Freising and finally as professorial chair in Bonn, Münster, Tübingen and ultimately Regensburg.