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The Magisterium: What it is and Why it Matters

Dr. Reinhard Huetter, Ordinary Professor of Fundamental Theology at The Catholic University of America, will speak on the nature and importance of the Catholic Church's magisterial teaching authority.  This event is co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute and the St. Thomas More Institute for Faith and Life in the Diocese of Arlington.

Professor Huetter is a native of Lichtenfels, Germany.  He received his Dr. theol. (summa cum laude) in 1990, and his Habilitation in 1995, both from the University of Erlangen.  For nine years he taught theological ethics and systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and for seventeen years systematic theology at Duke University Divinity School.  In 2004, he and his wife entered into full communion with the Catholic Church.

His teaching and research focuses on fundamental theological questions of the relationship between faith and reason, nature and grace, revelation and faith, theology and philosophy, dogma and history, on questions of theological anthropology (grace and freedom), and the theology and epistemology of faith.  He has an abiding interest in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas and has, in more recent years, developed also an intense interest in the thought of Blessed John Henry Newman.

Dr. Huetter is the author of numerous books, most recently Dust Bound for Heaven: Explorations in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas (2012) and Divine Happiness: Aquinas on the Journey to Beatitude, the Ultimate Human End (forthcoming 2018).  he has contributed numerous chapters to handbooks and edited collections and is presently working on a theological commentary on Psalm 119, a small book on Blessed John Henry Newman, and a theological treatise titled Doctrine: Its Nature and Development.