Second Spring reports:
Obituary. The death took place on the 22 October 2004 of the theologian Louis Bouyer of the French Oratory at the age of 91. A friend of Balthasar, Ratzinger and J.R.R. Tolkien, and a co-founder of the international review Communio, Bouyer was a Lutheran who converted to Catholicism in 1939. He became a leading figure in the Catholic Biblical and Liturgical movements of the twentieth century, was an influence on the Second Vatican Council, and is best known by many for his excellent writings on the history of Christian spirituality. His passing seems to have gone relatively almost unnoticed so far, but he deserves a flood of major tributes. His books are highly recommended (for example, The Invisible Father, a history of religion published in English in 1999).
Books by Louis Bouyer on Amazon.com.
Louis Bouyer on the web:
- “Orthodox & Catholics”, excerpt from The Church of God. [courtesy of Gerard Serafin’s PraiseofGlory.com]
- Why Only Catholicism Can Make Protestantism Work: Louis Bouyer on the Reformation, by Mark Brumley. Catholic Dossier 7 no. 5 (September-October 2001): 30-35.
- The Church and the Jewish People, Inside The Vatican April 2000.
- “The Roman Socrates”: St. Philip Neri, taken from “The Dawson Newsletter,” Spring 1995.
- Why Catholicism Makes Protestantism Tick. Ignatius Insight editor Mark Brumley on Louis Bouyer’s The Spirit and Forms of Protestantism.