Saturday, September 23, 2017

Monsignor Brunero Gherardini Has Died

Monsignor Brunero Gherardini died yesterday at the age of 92. The distinguished theologian regarded the Second Vatican Council as an open question and, with a view to the church crisis, called for the "pending" discussion to be held.

(Rome) Yesterday the famous theologian Brunero Gherardini died at the age of 92. The former Dean of the Theological Faculty of the Pontifical Lateran University is considered one of the most important contemporary theologians.

Msgr. Gherardini was born on February 10, 1925, in Prato near Florence. After his high school studies, he entered the seminary of the Salesian Order "Cardinale Cagliero" in Ivrea. He was ordained priest in Pistoia on June 25, 1948, and was incardinated by Bishop Giuseppe De Bernardi in his home diocese and employed in parish work.

As a pupil of Monsignor Pietro Parente, he was awarded with his doctorate for the thesis, "The Word of God in the Theology of Karl Barth" (1955) with distinction at the Lateran University in Theology in 1952.

He was then a lecturer at the seminary of the diocese of Prato and diocesan assistant of Catholic Action and the Association of Catholic Students FUCI. In 1959, he was appointed to the Holy See as an official of the Sacred Congregation of the Sacred Congregation of Studies and Studiorum Universitatibus and responsible for the diocesan and regional seminaries of Italy.

Gherardini: Second Vaticanum: root of a misunderstanding

After several years of teaching, he was also appointed to the Chair of Ecclesiology of the Pontifical Lateran University in 1969, where he was also to become Dean of the Faculty of Theology.

In 1994, Pope John Paul II appointed him as a canon at the patriarchal basilica of Saint Peter the Vatican and the Apostolic Protonotary. In 2000, he succeeded Msgr. Piolanti as the head of the theological journal Divinitas.

He was a member of the Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas and secretary of the Pontifical Academy of Theology.

For more than 30 years, he has been the consultor of the Congregation for the Causes and Saints. For ten years he was the postulator of the beatification process for Pius IX. and head of the journal Pio IX.

Msgr. Gherardini is the author of more than 80 books and hundreds of other publications. Among his principal works are: Concilio Ecumenico Vaticano II. Un discorso da fare (Second Vatican Council: An open question) Casa Mariana Editrice, Frigento 2009; Quod et tradidi vobis. La tradizione, vita e giovinezza della Chiesa (tradition, life and youth of the church), Casa Mariana Editrice, Frigento 2010; Concilio Vaticano II. Il discorso mancato (Second Vatican Council: A pending discussion), Lindau, Torino 2011; Credo in Gesù Cristo (I believe in Jesus Christ), VivereIn, Monopoli 2012; Il Vaticano II. All radici d'un equivoco (Second Vatican Council: The Roots of a Misunderstanding). Lindau, Torino 2012. Contrappunto conciliare (counterpoint in terms of the Council), Lindau Torino 2013.

"In these books, he provides valuable tools to interpret the religious drama of our time. The death of Monsignor Gherardini, renowned theologian and teacher of numerous priests, is a serious loss for the Catholic world. His last writings are a must read for all who want to recognize and understand the roots of the crisis in which the Catholic Church is situated," Corrispondenza Romana said.

Above all, his work on the Second Vatican Council, published in 2009, "The Open Question," was translated into several languages, including French and Spanish. A German translation with consideration of the successor works on the subject would be an urgent desideratum.

Euge serve bone and fidelis intra in gaudium domini tui (Mt 25:21).

Requiescat in Pace.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi

Image: Corrispondenza Romana

Trans: Tancred



Woody said...

The Open Question is also in English under a slightly different title. When I find my copy I will report it if someone else has not already done so. Note that it and the second named book were published by Casa Mariana, the FFI publisher. I believe that the FFI association with Msgr Gherardini was one of the factors leading to their persecution by the Roman authorities.

JBQ said...

JPII surrounded himself with great intellects. Francis is "swimming in" air heads. That is intentional. They are viewed as "men of the people". Coccopalmerio with his yellow teeth is only one example. He was the one whose secretary had the gay orgy.

Tom A. said...

JP2 surrounded himself with clever modernists. Francis surrounds himself with vile modernists. A matter of degree, but they are all modernists at heart and therefore heretics as defined by Pope St Pius X.

Tancred said...

Remember when all the demons rose up out of their evil cellars and modernist dungeons to attack him in 2012?

JBQ said...

JP2 was orthodox.

Tom A. said...

Yes he was an orthodox modernist.

Tom A. said...

JP2 was so orthodox that he kissed a Koran and allowed pagans to defile a church with their pagan idols. Gimme a break, JBQ. The list of JP2s heresies are endless.

Tancred said...

Thanks for bringing that up. I also copied and pasted the link to the Rorate article below when Msgr was savagely attacked by the usual evil parties.

Woody said...

Anonymous said...

Vichnaya jemu pamyat!

May his memory be eternal!