Michael O. Garvey | Dec. 12, 2012 | Notre Dame Newswire
“Festschrift,” German for “festival-writing,” is a word academics use to describe a collection of writings celebrating the work of a prominent scholar on some memorable occasion. It is certainly a word well understood by the Bavarian theologian Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and he seemed pleased to receive a festschrift from the University of Notre Dame, which John Cavadini, director of the Institute for Church Life, presented him Friday (Dec. 7) in Rome.
The festschrift, “Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI,” edited by Cavadini and just published by the University of Notre Dame Press, grew from a conference sponsored by ICL in March to mark Pope Benedict’s 85th birthday. The conference brought to Notre Dame an international group of theologians and other scholars to explore and reflect upon some 60 years of Joseph Ratzinger’s theological scholarship and teaching, from his writings as a professor of theology through his papal encyclical letters.