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From Trent to Vatican IIHistorical and Theological Investigations$
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Raymond F. Bulman and Frederick J. Parrella

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178067

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195178068.001.0001

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Robert Bellarmine and Post-Tridentine Eucharistic Theology

Robert Bellarmine and Post-Tridentine Eucharistic Theology

(p.81) 5 Robert Bellarmine and Post-Tridentine Eucharistic Theology
From Trent to Vatican II

Robert J. Daly

Oxford University Press

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

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