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of Catholic Dogma has
been considered as the definitive single- volume summary of Catholic
dogmatic theology ever since its original publication in German in
1952. This great work by Ludwig Ott presents a comprehensive yet
concise outline of the entire system of Catholic doctrine, laying out
its sources in Scripture and Tradition as taught by the Magisterium
of the Church. The level of authority behind each doctrinal point is
indicated and there are frequent references to the teachings of
Fathers, Doctors and numerous Saints of the Church.
definitive work of dogmatics is presented in a language that is both
academically rigorous and accessible to laymen. Whilst written for
study purposes it is suitable to anyone who wants to go beyond the
basics in understanding the faith.
new edition of the Fundamentals
of Catholic Dogma by
Baronius Press is based on the original translation by Dr. Patrick
Lynch. It has been fully revised and updated and brings the language
into greater harmony with current usage.
Ott was born in Neumarkt-St. Helena, Germany in 1906. He was ordained
a priest in 1930 and received his doctorate in 1936 after studying
under Martin Grabmann, one of the 20th century’s greatest
authorities on medieval scholasticism. That same year he became a
professor of dogmatics in the Catholic University of Eichstätt,
rising to full professor in 1941. From 1960 to 1962 he served as the
university’s rector. His studies in the field of dogmatics and the
history of scholasticism made him eminently qualified to write the
of Catholic Dogma.
He also wrote works on the history of medieval spirituality and
theology and on the Sacrament of Holy Orders. Ludwig Ott died in
Eichstätt in 1985.