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New Course Offering: Introduction to the Thought of Joseph Ratzinger

       flyer for Joseph Ratzinger course Ignatius Press and the University of St. Thomas announce a course on the thought of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, team-taught by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., Ignatius Press president Mark Brumley, and Prof. Thomas Harmon.

They will be joined by a slate of expert guest lecturers, who will each address some aspect of the thought of Pope Benedict, followed by discussion of the topic with the course's instructors.

Guest speakers include His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardoTracey RowlandDaniel J. MahoneyMichael P. Barber, and more.

Course topics include Joseph Ratzinger's place in 20th-century theology, ecclesiology, moral theology, Scripture, faith and reason, politics, modern natural science, and more.

The course will be live on Zoom on Monday evenings, 5:30-8:15 p.m. US Central Time from Jan. 1 to May 1, 2023.

You do not need to already be enrolled at UST to audit the course.

How to Apply

Students wishing to take the course for undergraduate or graduate credit who are not already enrolled at the University of St. Thomas will need to fill out an application at www.stthom.edu/apply. Transcript(s) will be needed for this application.

UST students seeking credit need to apply by submitting official transcripts. The class number is 2398, Section A, offered on Monday, 5-30 - 8:15 by Prof. Harmon.

Auditing students may apply by emailing a completed Audit Registration Form to registrar@stthom.edu.

Course information should be completed as shown below. The last day to register for this course is January 27.

Audit Registration Form

 link: https://www.stthom.edu/Public/getFile.asp?File_Content_ID=101057

The fee to audit the course is $300. Ordinary tuition charges apply for those seeking credit.

For auditors who cannot make the live session, the talks will be recorded and there will be a bulletin board for discussion with other students and the instructors.

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the main themes and texts of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI’s thought. Students will learn from experts in thought of Ratzinger/Benedict and have the opportunity to discuss the themes with the course instructors and with each other.

Instructor and Guest Lecturer Bios

Thomas P. Harmon is Associate Professor and Scanlan Foundation Chair in Theology and Associate Director of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas.

Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. received his doctorate in theology under the supervision of Prof. Ratzinger at the University of Regensburg and is the founder and publisher of Ignatius Press, the primary English-language publisher for the books of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI.

Mark Brumley is president of Ignatius Press, the primary English-language publisher for the books of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI, and a member of the President’s Advisory Board at the University of St. Thomas.

Michael P. Barber is Professor of Scripture and Theology at the Augustine Institute. He is author or editor of five books, including the forthcoming The Historical Jesus and the Temple: Memory, Method, and the Gospel of Matthew from Cambridge University Press.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is the metropolitan archbishop of Galveston-Houston. He was named coadjutor bishop (later coadjutor archbishop) of Galveston-Houston in January 2004 and succeeded Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza on February 28, 2006. On June 29, 2006, he received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in November of 2007 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. He was designated the titular Church of Sant'Eusebio in Rome. 

Marc D. Guerra is Professor of Theology and Director, Core Texts & Enduring Questions Program at Assumption University. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Pope Benedict XVI and the Politics of Modernity (Routledge, 2017) and Liberating Logos: Pope Benedict XVI’s September Speeches (St. Augustine’s Press, 2014).

George A. Harne is Executive Dean of Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor and Fellow of the Core at the University of St. Thomas.

John Hittinger is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the St. John Paul II Institute at the University of St. Thomas. He is the author or editor of four books, including the forthcoming The Intelligibility of Nature: A William A. Wallace Reader, co-edited with Michael W. Tkacz and Daniel C. Wagner.

Daniel J. Mahoney is Professor Emeritus, Assumption University; Senior Fellow, Real Clear Foundation; Senior Writer, Law and Liberty; and editor-in-chief of Perspectives on Political Science. He is author or editor of nine books, including his most recent, Recovering Politics, Civilization, and the Soul: Essays on Pierre Manent and Roger Scruton (St. Augustine’s Press, 2022).

Tracey Rowland holds the John Paul II Chair in Theology at the University of Notre Dame, Australia. She is the author and editor of 11 books, including Ratzinger’s Faith:The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: Bloomsbury, 2010). Prof. Rowland is the English sub-editor of the forthcoming multilingual Ratzinger Lexikon.

Paul Seaton is Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Maryland. He is the editor and translator of 11 books, including volumes by Benjamin Constant, Pierre Manent, Rémi Brague, and Chantal Delsol. He is also the book review editor of the journal Perspectives on Political Science.

More guest lecturers are expected to be added to the class schedule.

For more information, contact Prof. Harmon at harmontp@stthom.edu.