Monsignor Brunero Gherardini Has Died, Requiescat in Pace

Text: Giuseppe Nardi

Trans: Tancred

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Monsignor Brunero Gherardini Has Died, Requiescat in Pace

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).


Get AQ Email Updates

2 comments on “Monsignor Brunero Gherardini Has Died, Requiescat in Pace

  1. Requiescat in pace.
    So that makes four having died in less than three months: Monsignor Gherardini and Cardinals Meisner, Cafarra, and de Paolis.

Leave a Reply