publications & media


The Essential Ratzinger: The Man and His Message. Current book project forthcoming from Our Sunday Visitor.

From the Dust of the Earth: Benedict XVI, the Bible, and the Theory of Evolution. Catholic University of America Press, 2022.

The Experiment of Faith: Benedict XVI on Living the Theological Virtues in a Secular Age. Catholic University of America Press, 2020.

Christ’s Church and World Religions. Course E of the Spirit of Truth high school textbook series. Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2020.

I authored the principal essays that comprise the body of this volume, which also includes supplementary materials composed by teachers for use in the high school classroom.

Jesus, Interpreted: Benedict XVI, Bart Ehrman, and the Historical Truth of the GospelsWashington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2017.

Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and Thomas Aquinas Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2013.

Towards a Theology of Scripture: Joseph Ratzinger’s “Method C” Hermeneutic and Sacra Doctrina on the Afterlife in the Old Testament. Ph.D. Dissertation. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI, 2009.

Contributing Author

John Henry Newman and Joseph Ratzinger: A Theological Encounter. CUA Press, 2024.

Chapter: “A Larger Idea of Divine Skill: Newman and Ratzinger on the Fittingness and Epistemic Status of Evolutionary Creation.” 

Joseph Ratzinger Lexicon. International collaboration forthcoming from Ignatius Press.

Entry: “The Gospels in the Works of Joseph Ratzinger.”

Cambridge Companion to Joseph Ratzinger. Cambridge University Press, 2023.

Chapter: “Scripture and Tradition.”

Hope and Death: Christian Responses. Emmaus Academic, 2022.

Chapter: “Evolution and Eschatology: Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega of All Creation in the Thought of Joseph Ratzinger.”

The New Apologetics: Defending the Faith in a Post-Christian Era. Forthcoming from Word on Fire Institute in 2022.

Chapter: “Dark Passages of the Bible”

Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology.  Ave Maria, FL: Sapientia Press, 2021.

Chapter: “Putting the Last Adam First: Aquinas, Ratzinger, and Human Origins in Light of Kenotic Christology”

Aquinas the Biblical Theologian Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Academic, 2021.

Chapter: “Unless You Believe, You Will Not Understand: Biblical Faith according to Thomas Aquinas and Benedict XVI”

Ressourcement after Vatican II: Essays in Honor of Joseph Fessio, S.J. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2020.

Chapter: “The Theological Mind and Method of Pope Benedict XVI as Revealed in His Catechetical Instructions”

The Reception of Vatican II. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Chapter: “Reception of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism”

Wisdom and the Renewal of Catholic Theology: Essays in Honor of Matthew L. Lamb.  Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016.

Chapter: “Biblical Inspiration in the Theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Father Matthew Lamb.”

Reading Sacred Scripture with Thomas Aquinas: Hermeneutical Tools and New Perspectives. Textes et Études du Moyen Âge Series. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2015.

Chapter: “In the Beginning: Aquinas, Benedict XVI, and the Book of Genesis.” 


Collected essays of Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P. forthcoming from an academic publisher (to be titled)

“Saint Thomas and Non-Christians.” Translation of Jean-Pierre Torrell, “Saint Thomas et les non-chrétiens,” Revue thomiste 106 (2006): 17-49.

“Saint Thomas and History.”  Translation of Jean-Pierre Torrell, “Saint Thomas Et l’histoire: état de la question et pistes de recherches,” Revue Thomiste 105 (2005): 355-409. 

“Theological Knowledge in St. Thomas Aquinas.”  Translation of Jean-Pierre Torrell, “Le savoir théologique chez saint Thomas,” Revue thomiste 96 (1996): 355-96.

“St. Thomas Aquinas’ Treatise on Prophecy and Theology of Revelation.” Translation of Jean-Pierre Torrell, “La Traité de la Prophétie de S. Thomas d’Aquin et la Théologie de la Révélation,” in La doctrine de la révélation divine de saint Thomas d’Aquin: actes du Symposium sur la pensée de saint Thomas d’Aquin, tenu a Rolduc, les 4 et 5 novembre 1989, 171-95.

Christ and Spirituality in St. Thomas Aquinas, Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of    America Press, 2011. 

Author’s Preface

Chapter 2: “Theology and Sanctity.” Translation of Jean-Pierre Torrell, “Théologie et sainteté,” Revue Thomiste 71 (1971): 205-21. 

Chapter 3:  “Charity as Friendship in St. Thomas Aquinas.” Translation of Jean-Pierre Torrell, “La charité commeamitié chez saint Thomas d’Aquin,” La Vie Spirituelle 81 (2001) 265-83. 

Chapter 4:  “The Interpreter of Desire: Prayer in St. Thomas Aquinas.” Translation of Jean-Pierre Torrell, “L’interprète du désir. La prière chez saint Thomas d’Aquin,” La Vie Spirituelle 84 (2004) 213-23.

The Eucharist Project An international team project aimed at making available all the eucharistic passages found in the Church Fathers for the first eight centuries of the Church with matching English translations—an endeavor never undertaken in the English language.  The publication date for this project has not yet been set.

Selections from the letters and sermons of Leo the Great (Latin)

Selections from Gelasius Cyzicenus (Greek)


“Made for Us: 10 Symposium Quotes About Catholics and the Environment.” Center for Media and Culture at Benedictine College (March 18, 2024).

“Covenantal Communion between God, Man, and Creation: Reflections on an Underappreciated Dimension of Joseph Ratzinger’s Ecological Thought.” Communio 49.4: 712-37 (anniversary issue “The Unity and Mission of the Church: Communio at 50 Years”).

Contributor to “The Best Books I Read in 2023.” Catholic World Report (December 15, 2023).

“Important Points in Laudate Deum Are Overshadowed by Missed Opportunities.” Analysis piece on Catholic World Report (October 5, 2023).

“The Genius of Ratzinger’s Introduction to Christianity and Why It Still Matters.”  Word on Fire Institute journal Evangelization and Culture, no .16 (2023).

“Benedict XVI’s Parting Words and Lasting Concerns.” Church Life Journal of the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame (February 10, 2023).

“Benedict XVI and the Cosmic Covenant.” Church Life Journal of the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame (January 19, 2023).

“Ratzinger on Evolution and Evil: A Christological and Mariological Answer to the Problem of Suffering and Death in Creation.” Religions 12.8 (2021) – special issue Theodicy and Challenges of Science: Understanding God, Evil and Evolution.

“Machine or Melody?  Joseph Ratzinger and the Thomistic Tradition on Divine Causality in Evolutionary Creation.”  Scientia et Fides special issue “Philosophical and Theological Aspects of Evolution” 8.2 (2020): 302-21.

“The Manuscripts of Joseph Ratzinger’s Lectures on the Doctrine of Creation.”  Translation of Santiago Sanz, “I manoscritti delle lezioni di Joseph Ratzinger sulla dottrina della creazione.” Nova et Vetera 20.1 (2022).

“Search for the True Meaning of the Term ‘Speculative.’”  Translation of Servais Pinckaers, “Recherche de la signification véritable du terme ‘spéculatif,’” Nouvelle Revue Théologique 81 (1959): 673-95. Currently completing translation.

“Does Evolution Undermine Christianity? Joseph Ratzinger on the Bible and Man’s Evolutionary Origins.” Review for Religious special issue on Science and Faith (November 2021).

“In Praise of ‘Perfect Hatred’: How to Read the Old Testament’s Cursing Psalms.” Word on Fire Institute journal Evangelization & Culture 5 (Fall 2020): 72-79.

“The peace Christ gives is not the peace the world gives.”  Lead essay for the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars monthly publication Teaching the Faith (May, 2019).

“The Path of ‘Foolishness.’”  Lead essay for the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars monthly publication Teaching the Faith (March, 2018).

Amoris Laetitia, Culpability, and Communion: The Gospel Context of Pope Francis’ Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage.” Josephinum Diaconal Review (Fall 2017): 14-22.

“Divorce, Remarriage, and “Discerning the Body” On Pope Francis’ Interpretation of 1 Cor 11:27-34 in Amoris Laetitia.” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (April 2017).

“The Reception of St. Paul in the Works of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI.” Letter and Spirit 11 (2016): 147-71.

“Benedict XVI’s Hermeneutic of Reform: Towards a Rapprochement of the Magisterium and Modern Biblical Criticism.” Nova et Vetera 14.3 (2016).

“Let Justice Roll down like Waters (Amos 5:24).”  Lead essay for the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars monthly publication Teaching the Faith (September, 2016).

“Pope Benedict XVI’s Theology of Beauty and the New Evangelization.”  Homiletic and Pastoral Review (January 2015). Translated and published in Polish: “Papieża Benedykta XVI Teologia Piękna a Nowa Ewangelizacja.” Roczniki Teologiczne LXII, zeszyt 12 (2015): 175-189. Republished in the Italian journal Jerusalem, supplement to Frontiere (September,  2016)

Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus & the Substance of Catholic Doctrine: Towards a Realization of Benedict XVI’s ‘Hermeneutic of Reform.’” Nova et Vetera 14.1 (2016).

“Integral Ecology and the Ecological Virtues in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’.” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (December 2015).

“How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: The Problem of Divine Violence as Considered in Recent Curial Documents” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (July 2015).

“Benedict XVI, Catholic Doctrine, and the Problem of an Imminent Parousia.”  Josephinum Journal of Theology 21.1 (2015).

“Christian Discernment of Divine Revelation: Benedict XVI and the International Theological Commission on the Dark Passages of the Old Testament.” Scripta Theologica 47 (2015): 71-83.

“Violence Is Incompatible with the Nature of God: Benedict, Aquinas, and Method C Exegesis of the ‘Dark’ Passages of the Bible.”  Nova et Vetera 13.1 (2015).

“The Bible and the Question of Miracles: Towards a Christian Response.” Strange Notions (March 9, 2015).

“Bart Ehrman, Benedict XVI, and the Bible on the Question of Miracles.” Strange Notions (February 20, 2015).

Authentic Freedom Comes from Accepting the Cross.” Lead essay for the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars monthly publication Teaching the Faith (September, 2014).

“Benedict XVI and Freedom in Obedience to the Truth: A Key for the New Evangelization.”  Homiletic and Pastoral Review (May 2014).

“The Gods of Israel? Does the Bible Promote Polytheism?” Strange Notions (April 4, 2014). “

Is God Pro-Life or Pro-Death??” Strange Notions (January 29, 2014).

“Common Ground for Catholics and Atheists: Violence Is Contrary to God’s Nature.” Strange Notions (December 20, 2013).

“Benedict XVI & the Christmas Readings.” Crisis Magazine (December, 2013).

“Jesus’ Infancy through the Eyes of Benedict XVI.” Homiletic and Pastoral Review (December 2013).

“Farewell to the Devil?” Gregorian Institute (October 25, 2013).

“American Catholics in India.” Gregorian Institute (June 20, 2013).

“Five Spiritual Lessons from Dante’s Divine Comedy.” Gregorian Institute (February 7, 2013).

Book Reviews

Nature and Grace: A New Approach to Thomistic Ressourcement by Andrew Swafford, for Nova et Vetera 14.4 (2016).

The Salvation of Atheists and Catholic Dogmatic Theology by Stephen Bullivant, for Nova et Vetera 14.3 (2016).

The Call of Abraham: Essays on the Election of Israel in Honor of Jon D. Levenson by Joel S. Kaminsky and Gary A. Anderson, eds., for Cithara 55:1 (2015): 55-59.

Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization by Ralph Martin, for Nova et Vetera 12.4 (2014): 1313-17.

What is Dogma? by Charles Cardinal Journet, for Nova et Vetera 10.3 (2012): 886-90.

Interviews & Media

Interview with Dr. Michael Dauphinais on the historical truth of the gospels, for The Catholic Theology Show of Ave Maria University (video forthcoming).

“Ratzinger Roundtable.” Conversation on Benedict XVI’s theology of creation with Fr. Daniel Cardo, Dr. Michael Taylor, and Dr. Jared Zimmerer for the Benedictine Dialogues series hosted at Benedictine College (June 11, 2024).

Interview with Marcus Peter on the Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI marking the 97th anniversary of his birth. EWTN / Ave Maria Radio show Kresta in the Afternoon (April 17, 2024).

Interview with Al Kresta on the Fall and Creation’s Rebellion. EWTN / Ave Maria Radio show Kresta in the Afternoon (April 4, 2024).

Interview with Dr. Jason Fugikawa on the Book of Genesis as a classic of literatureThe Confederal Reserve podcast is hosted by BetterPears, an initiative founded to provide a renewal of culture by connecting adult learners to the wisdom of the ancients (March 27, 2024).

“Living in a Sacramental Cosmos.” Interview with Dr. Larry Chapp for the Benedictine Dialogues video series of the Media Center of Benedictine College (February 14, 2024).

Interview with Bill Kassel on Reconciling Science and Faith. EWTN / Good Shepherd Catholic          Radio show Free Expression (February 9, 2024).

Interview with Marcus Peter on The Paschal Mystery Proclaimed in Creation. EWTN / Ave Maria Radio show Kresta in the Afternoon (January 9, 2024).

Interview with Dr. Larry Chapp reviewing Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s Credo book. Gaudiumetspes22 blog (November 28, 2023).

Convener and Participant: Faculty Panel on Faith & Reason in the Catholic Tradition. Faith and Reason in a Post-Truth Era: A Conference Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio, hosted by Benedictine College (September 16, 2023).

“Man is the Priest of Creation.” Interview with Dr. Jared Zimmerer for the Benedictine Dialogues video series of the Media Center of Benedictine College (2023).

“Theologian Interview: Dr. Matthew Ramage on Creation and Evolution.” Furthering Christendom podcast (September 14, 2023).

“Theology of Creation.” Adherent Apologetics podcast. August 26, 2023.

Interview with Dr. Larry Chapp on the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger. Gaudiumetspes22 blog (August 8, 2023).

“Catholicism, Faith, and Science.” Interview with Marcus Peter on the EWTN / Ave Maria Radio show Kresta in the Afternoon (June 26, 2023).

“Catholicism, Creation, and Evolution.” Interview with Marcus Peter on the EWTN / Ave Maria Radio show Kresta in the Afternoon (June 15, 2023).

“Creation’s Cruciform Covenant:  Ecology Center Director on Benedict XVI and the Environment. Ex Corde Center for Catholic Media at Benedictine College. May 3, 2023.

“Evolution and the Bible.” EWTN Radio Catholic Answers Live. March 28, 2023.

“Is the Bible True? The Reliability of Scripture and Violence in the Bible” The Logos Project podcast. February 8, 2022.

“Benedict XVI, the Bible, and the Covenant with Creation.” Interview with Marcus Peter on the EWTN / Ave Maria Radio show Kresta in the Afternoon (January 19, 2023).

“My favorite book by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI.” Entry for article by Carl Olson at Catholic World Report (January 6, 2023).

“Catholics who loved Benedict share how he has shaped their lives.” Interview for OSV News (January 5, 2023).

“Only Hard Questions Get Satisfying Answers: Pope Benedict on the University.” Ex Corde (January 4, 2023).

“Benedict the Theologian: A ‘New Aquinas’ and a 21st-Century ‘Doctor of the Church’” Interview with Tom Hoopes of Ex Corde (January 3, 2023).

“A Theologian’s Projections on Benedict XVI.” Interview on the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI at Aleteia (January 2, 2023). 

“Understanding Genesis: Science, Evolution, and Faith.” North American Martyrs Catholic Church Martyrs Speaker Series (Lincoln, NE 2022). Separate Q& available here.

“From the Dust of the Earth.” Classical Theism podcast. August 29, 2022.

“Is Intelligent Design Credible?” Conversation with Michael Behe hosted on The Pat Flynn ShowAugust 16, 2022.

“Christianity & Evolution: Friends, Not Enemies.” Adherent Apologetics podcast. June 15, 2022.

“Dark Passages of the Bible.” The Logos Project podcast. February 4, 2022.

“Gold Mass Celebrates Science and Faith Connection.” Interview for Archdiocese of Kansas  City in Kansas newspaper The Leaven. November 26, 2021.

“The Experiment of Faith.” EWTN Radio Son Rise Morning Show. September 16, 2021.

“Aquinas & Benedict XVI on Faith and Doubt.” Classical Theism podcast. August, 2021. 

“Theologians on ‘Traditions Custodes’: True Unity Requires Liturgical Reform All Around.” National Catholic Register.  August 6, 2021.

 “How to Understand the Dark Passages of the Bible.” Expert interview podcast for ClaritasU. April 8, 2021.

“Evolution and the Bible with Dr. Matthew Ramage.” The Pat Flynn Show. February 28, 2021. 

“Understanding the Paschal Mystery: Insights from Pope Benedict XVI.” Sophia Institute for Teachers virtual workshop podcast. March 16, 2021.

“Examining Dark Passages of the Bible.” Adherent Apologetics video podcast. January 4, 2021.

“Dealing with Dark and Difficult Passages in the Bible with Dr. Matthew Ramage.” The Pat Flynn Show. December 4, 2020.

“The Catholic Church and Ecumenism.” Polycarp’s Paradigm video podcast. December 3, 2020.

“Theologian Interview: Dr. Matthew Ramage on Dark Passages in the Bible.” Furthering Christendom video podcast. November 29, 2020.

“Catholicism & Evolution.”  3 episode series for the Thinking Faith podcast. May, 2020

“The Experiment of Faith” — an interview related to my book by the same name –You can stream or download the interview here on the site of EWTN Radio’s Catholic Answers Live show.

“Matthew’s Gospel.” Signum Dei Podcast.  January 14, 2020.  

“In saints, theologian finds a universal example of faith.” Fox 26-St. Joseph & St. Joseph News-Press TV News. October 31, 2019.

“Service-Learning in Christianity and World Religions.” Benedictine College Service Learning Newsletter. December, 12, 2018

“Multiple gods? Divinely mandated genocide? Rejection of an afterlife?” WCAT Radio Two Wings Seminar. February 2, 2018.

“Dark Passages of the Bible” — an interview related to my book by the same name –You can stream or download the interview here on the site of EWTN Radio’s Catholic Answers Live show.

“The Historical Truth of the Gospels” — an interview related to my book Jesus, Interpreted –You can stream or download the interview here on the site of EWTN Radio’s Catholic Answers Live show.

“Jesus, Interpreted.” EWTN Radio Son Rise Morning Show. July 5, 2017.

“Understanding the Dark Passages of the Bible.” Episode of EWTN television’s  Catholicism on Campus hosted by Msgr. Stuart Swetland 2016).

“Professor Offers Course in Rome.Benedictine College Circuit. January 30, 2014.

“Reading the Infancy Narratives with Benedict XVI. EWTN Radio Son Rise Morning Show. December 20, 2013.

“How to Understand the Bible’s Dark Passages: An Interview with Dr. Matthew Ramage.” December 17, 2013.

“Understanding Your Vocation: Resources and Advice from All States of Life.” Benedictine College Circuit. September 30, 2013.

“Church’s Rich Heritage is on Display in India.” The Leaven. August 16, 2013.

Journey to India fulfills 3-credit theology course. Benedictine College Circuit. February 25, 2013

Professor finds inspiration in pope’s demonstration of “humility.” Interview for The Leaven, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. February 17, 2013.

Catholic Leaders and Students React to Pope Resignation. Interview for KQ2 St. Joseph News Station.February 11, 2013.

Catholics call resignation an act of humility. Interview for Fox 26 St. Joseph News Station & St. Joseph News-Press..February 11, 2013.

Blogging professor to be published. Benedictine College Circuit. October 1, 2012.

Benedict XVI, Sacred Scripture, and Today’s Church. Interview for Benedictine College Gregorian Institute blog. May 25, 2012.

Re-Evangelizing America 101. Interview for National Catholic Register. March 30, 2012.

Importance of communication: inter-religous dialogueBenedictine College Circuit. March 30, 2012.

Hope at D.C. Bishops Meeting. Interview for Benedictine College Gregorian Institute blog.September 22, 2011.

Lecture series encourages an interior prayer life. Benedictine College Circuit. October 11, 2011.Discussing religion over “CHI.” Benedictine College Circuit. March 11, 2011.