Prof. Dieter Wins the Ratzinger Prize

The Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg takes great joy in announcing that our very own Prof. Theodor Dieter was received the renowned Ratzinger Prize, awarded yearly by the Pope Benedict XVI Foundation. Prof. Dieter has spent years participating in and contributing to the international Lutheran-Catholic dialogue and was a key drafter in such documents as the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (1999) and From Conflict to Communion (2013). With the approval of Pope em. Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, the price is offered to Th. Dieter especially honouring his contribution to the process of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. Th. Dieter has authored numerous publications on ecumenical method and hermeneutics, and in his wide-reaching activities as lecturer and teacher he has done extensive work to commend the relevance of ecumenism to the wider church.

The Institute congratulates Prof. Dieter for this well-earned recognition of his impressive scholarly accomplishments in the field of ecumenical theology!

See also the article in LWI from October 27, 2017

Photo: Michael Bode


Watch the video of the celebration on  YouTube: video Ratzinger Price


Pictures of the encounter with Pope em. Benedict XVI on November 17 and of the price awards ceremonies on November 18, 2017:


Pictures of the Meeting of former students of Pope em. Benedict XVI at the Castelgandolfo outside Rome on September 1, 2012: