Pope Benedict XVI’s Theological Testament

Date: Tuesday 8th November 2016

Time: Conference – 10am-5pm, Book Launch – 6pm
Location: The Waldegrave Drawing Room, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, TW1 4SX


  • The Revd Canon Prof Richard Burridge, King’s College London, winner of the Ratzinger Prize 2013
  • Dr Jacob Phillips, St Mary’s University and translator of Last Testament
  • Dr Christopher R. Altieri, Collegium Augustinianum Graduate Institute of Philosophy and Theology, Rome
  • Dr Mary McCaughey, The Priory Institute Dominican Centre for Theological Studies, Dublin.

The St Mary’s Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society and the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible present Pope Benedict XVI’s Theological Testament.

A day conference exploring the theological legacy of Pope Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger to celebrate the release of his final published work Last Testament, which will be launched after the conference. Please join us as we investigate four aspects to the Pope’s intellectual legacy; with presentations on Scripture, Theological Anthropology, Political Theology, and Theological Method.


10.00-10.15 Welcome
10.15-11.30 The Revd Canon Prof Richard Burridge, Dean of King’s College London and Professor of Biblical Interpretation:

Writing ‘Lives of Jesus’ – Pope Benedict and the Gospels

Professor Burridge was one of two recipients of the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology in reflection of his contributions to biblical scholarship, not least Four Gospels, One Jesus? (reprinted by SPCK Classics 2013) and Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics (Eerdmans 2007)

11.30-11.45 Tea and coffee
11.45-1.00 Dr Jacob Phillips, St Mary’s University, Twickenham:

My Enemy’s Enemy is my Friend: Joseph Ratzinger and Martin Luther on the Conscience

Jacob translated Pope Benedict XVI’s Last Testament (Bloomsbury, 2016), and his latest book Mary, Star of Evangelization is scheduled for release by Paulist Press in 2017

1.00-2.00 Lunch (Delegates are invited to eat in the College Refectory, or make their own arrangements)
2.00-3.15 Dr Christopher A. Altieri, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Collegium Augustinianum Graduate Institute of Philosophy and Theology:

The Things of the City: Preliminary Reflections on the Political Thought of Benedict XVI

Dr Altieri is the author of The Soul of a Nation: America as a Tradition of Inquiry and Nationhood (Pickwick, 2015)

3.15-3.45 Tea and coffee

Dr Mary McCaughey, The Priory Institute Dominican Centre for Theological Studies, Dublin:

Through the lens of the pure in heart: Ratzinger’s theological method and the interpretation of Revelation


Dr McCaughey is a member of the Ratzinger Neuer Schülerkreis, and author of The Church as Hermeneutical Community and the Place of Embodied Faith in Joseph Ratzinger and Lewis S. Mudge, Peter Lang, 2015.

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