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Robert Bellarmine and Post-Tridentine Eucharistic Theology

Robert J. Daly

in From Trent to Vatican II

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780195178067
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195178068.003.0005
 Robert Bellarmine and Post-Tridentine Eucharistic Theology

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This chapter explores the discrepancy between sound eucharistic theology and the eucharistic theology of several official documents of the Roman Catholic magisterium. Historical research suggests that Robert Bellarmine is one of the “messengers”, if indeed not one of the “villains”, of this story. It is argued that the embarrassing dichotomy between the teaching of the contemporary official Roman magisterium and that of most contemporary liturgical theologians is due to the magisterium's continued acceptance of some of the shortcomings of post-Tridentine Catholic eucharistic theology. If there is to be progress towards a more broadly shared Catholic understanding of the Eucharist, the Roman magisterium must become less attached to explanations of the Mystery of Faith that are less than satisfactory.

Keywords: Eucharistic theology; Catholic theology; Roman Catholic magisterium; Robert Bellarmine; Eucharist; liturgical theologians

Chapter.  9481 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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