(March 5, 1904-March 30, 1984)
Born in Freiburg, Germany
Catholic theologian and Jesuit priest
Most of his works were dedicated to furthering the Christian's understanding of the relationship between God and Man and the dynamics of the Holy Trinity
Believed that grace and God shared a very real and literal inter-relationship so that when a Christian received grace from God he or she received God Himself
Influenced by St Thomas Aquinas, Immanuel Kant, Karl Heidegger, Joseph Marechal and Bernard Lonergan
PhD in Philosophy from the University of Freiburg
Over 1650 published articles in his career, books include Foundation of the Christian Faith, Trinity, The Need and Blessing of Prayer and Prayers for a Lifetime
Theological adviser at Vatican II
Why he might be annoying
Some of his works were criticized by Pope Pius XII in his encyclical, Humani Generis and by Pope Paul VI in Mysterium Fidei
He refused to wear the robes of a priest and usually wore business suits.
His writings were so dense and complex (and usually written in his native German) that most people know his writings from writings about them (taken from translations) instead of actually reading them for themselves.
Much of his work dealt with theological minutiae and not with the questions of morality/ethics and other issues that the day to day Catholic faced.
Why he might not be annoying
He was really, really smart.
He strongly believed that a person who through no fault of their own had never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ could still be saved through Christ and successfully fought to have that idea incorporated into the official documents of Vatican II.
His works have been well-received by many protestants and are very popular among younger (under forty) Catholic priests.
He was never involved in any type of scandal.
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