Scripture and Liturgy in the Theology of Benedict XVI

A conference with

Aidan Nichols OP, Michael Waldstein,

Scott Hahn, Adrian Walker


10 am to 5.30 pm, Sat. 1 November -

The Newman Room, University Catholic Chaplaincy, St Aldates, Oxford

Provisional programme

10.00 am: Aidan Nichols OP, Benedict XVI and the Theology of Liturgy
Aidan Nichols is a Dominican priest and former Prior of Blackfriars in Cambridge. From 2006 to 2008 he was the John Paul II Memorial Visiting Lecturer at Oxford University. He is the author of The Thought of Pope Benedict XVI and (forthcoming) G.K. Chesterton, Theologian, as well as numerous books on Theology and Liturgy.


11.00: coffee, bookstall and general conversation

11.30: Michael Waldstein, The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church
Michael Waldstein is Max Seckler Professor of Theology, Ave Maria University in Florida, formerly President and Professor of New Testament, International Theological Institute, Gaming, Austria. He is a peritus on the Theological Commission at the Synod on Scripture in Rome during October 2008.


12.45: Lunchbreak. Salad Bar included in Conference Fee.

2.00: Adrian Walker, Living Water: The Spiritual Reading of Scripture and Liturgy in Jesus of Nazareth

Adrian Walker is a contributing editor of the American edition of the international review Communio and the translator into English of Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI.  His PhD was on Maximus the Confessor, and he has taught philosophy for a number of years at the John Paul II Institute in Washington, DC. He currently lives in Germany.


2.45: Scott Hahn, Eucharistic Kingdom and the World as Temple

Scott Hahn is Professor of Theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed as the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

3.45: Teabreak

4.15-5.30: Closing plenary discussion with main speakers



Or write to ‘Scripture and Liturgy’, Centre for Faith and Culture, 6a King Street, Oxford OX2 6DF

[Cheques payable to the Centre for Faith and Culture, please]  

Conference fees: £50 whole day including buffet lunch,

£25 morning or £35 afternoon only (incl. coffee and tea)

(Concessions for the unwaged: £30 whole day including buffet lunch,

£15 morning or £25 afternoon incl. coffee and tea)


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The privileged place for reading and listening to the word of God is in the liturgy. By celebrating the word and rendering the Body of Christ present in the sacrament, we bring the word into our life and make it alive and present among us.

– Pope Benedict XVI


The proclamation of the Word of God in the Scriptures results from the action of the Spirit. The power which made the Word into a book, now, in the liturgy, transforms the book into the Word.

– Lineamenta of the Synod