Liturgical Theology of Joseph Ratzinger

JPI 1001

“In the crisis of faith through which we are going,” writes Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI, “again and again the focal point proves to be the correct celebration and correct understanding of the Eucharist.” The aim of this course is to gain a deeper understanding of Joseph Ratzinger’s theology of the Eucharist. The themes to be studied include the meaning of “liturgy,” the mode of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist, the Liturgical Movement and the post-conciliar liturgical reform, liturgy and architecture, and the relationship between the Eucharist and the Church. 


Course Texts for Spring 2022:

  • Joseph Ratzinger. Collected Works, vol. XI: Theology of the Liturgy (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2014).
  • Joseph Ratzinger. Milestones: Memoirs 1927-1977 (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997).
  • Benedict XVI. Sacramentum Caritatis.
  • Alcuin Reid. The Organic Development of the Liturgy, 2nd ed. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005).

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