Ulrich Lehner

Department of Theology

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Notre Dame, IN 46556
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William K. Warren Professor

  • The papacy
  • Vatican councils and conclaves  
  • Pope Benedict XVI  
  • History of Catholicism after 1500 
  • Catholicism and the Enlightenment  
  • 20th-century German history
  • German Catholic Church   
  • Catholic Church and Naziism
  • Global Catholic history
  • Catholic eschatology

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Lehner in the News

Vatican note on blessing same-sex unions draws mixed US reaction

“Its imprecise language invites misunderstanding and will sow confusion. Moreover, some bishops will use it as a pretext to do what the document explicitly forbids, especially since the Vatican has not stopped them before,” said Ulrich Lehner, the University of Notre Dame William K. Warren Professor of Theology.

Pope approves blessings for same-sex couples that must not resemble marriage

University of Notre Dame theologian Ulrich Lehner was also concerned, saying it would merely sow confusion and could lead to division in the church. “The Vatican’s statement is, in my view, the most unfortunate public announcement in decades,” he said in a statement.

Vatican approves blessings for same-sex couples in landmark ruling

Ulrich L. Lehner, a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame in the United States, said the new guidance from the doctrinal office "invites misunderstanding and will sow confusion". Voicing concern that some bishops would use it as a pretext to do what is explicitly forbidden, the professor added, "it is, and I hate to say it, an invitation to schism".

The Politics of Being Pope Francis

Making things more tenuous, according to Ulrich Lehner, a theology professor at the University of Notre Dame, Francis has rejected the typical practice of using the College of Cardinals as an advisory board in favor of consulting a small circle of trusted advisers. 

Fact check: Pope’s death confirmed with traditional means, not hammer

The claim that a hammer is used for tapping on the pope's head is “a legend," though one that has been "repeated countless times as early as the 1850s," said Ulrich Lehner, a University of Notre Dame theology professor.

Fox 5 New York

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s reported last words: ‘Lord, I love you’

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Pope Benedict XVI died Saturday at the age of 95, according to the Vatican. Ulrich Lehner with the University of Notre Dame spoke with LiveNOW from FOX's Josh Breslow about the retired pope's legacy.

First Things

How to be critical

Ulrich L. Lehner is the William K. Warren Professor at the University of Notre Dame and the author of Think Better: Unlocking the Power of Reason.

A bunny, eggs and Jesus: How Easter became a holiday full of symbolism

"It's the church's highest feast, because, without it, there will be no church," Ulrich Lehner, theology professor at the University of Notre Dame, told USA TODAY. 

The American Conservative

Focusing With Philosophy

Ulrich L. Lehner is the William K. Warren Professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Retired Pope Benedict XVI Asks for Forgiveness Over Handling of Sex-Abuse Cases

“A calm assessment of his time in Munich shows that he could have and should have made the oversight of priests his priority and scaled back on other engagements. Based on flawed judgment, he trusted fellow priests who let him down, and who covered up abuse and enabled abuse,” said Ulrich Lehner, a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.

The Pillar

Reason, faith, and why your brain is not a computer

Dr. Ulrich Lehner is the William K. Warren Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and the bestselling author of “God Is Not Nice.”