The Catholic University of America

Christopher Ruddy, Ph.D.
– Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology



Christopher Ruddy is associate professor of systematic theology at The Catholic University of America. He was formerly associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and also taught at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Divinity School, he received his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame.

His two books are titled The Local Church: Tillard and the Future of Catholic Ecclesiology and Tested in Every Way: The Catholic Priesthood in Today’s Church (both Herder & Herder). His articles and reviews have appeared in America, Christian Century, Commonweal, Ecclesiology, Heythrop Journal, Horizons, Irish Theological Quarterly, Josephinium Journal of Theology, Logos, Nova et Vetera, Origins, Theological Studies, The Thomist, and Worship. His theological interests include ecclesiology, Vatican II, the nouvelle théologie and ressourcement movements, and the relationship of Christianity and culture. New York natives, he and his wife, Deborah, have four sons.


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6506
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Ecclesiology

  • Vatican II

  • La nouvelle théologie

  • Ecumenism

  • The relationship of Christianity and culture

Latest Publication

“‘For the Many’: The Vicarious-Representative Heart of Joseph Ratzinger’s Theology.” Theological Studies 75 (September 2014): 564-84.

"'In My End is My Beginning': Lumen Gentium and the Priority of Doxology." Irish Theological Quarterly 79 (May 2014): 144-164.

"Yves Congar and Hans Küng at Vatican II: Differing Paths of Church Reform." Ecclesiology 10 (May 2014): 159-85.

“Ressourcement? and the Enduring Legacy of Post-Tridentine Theology” in ‘Ressourcement’: A Movement for Renewal in Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology, eds. Gabriel Flynn and Paul D. Murray (Oxford University Press, 2012): 185-201.


TRS 261 Enduring Questions in Catholic Theology

TRS 361 Vatican II: Church in Council

TRS 664A Theology of the Church

TRS 764D The Church as Catholic and Global

TRS 868H La Nouvelle Théologie


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