Rev. Louis Bouyer (1913-2004) was a member of the French Oratory and
one of the most respected and versatile Catholic scholars and theologians
of the twentieth century.
A friend of Hans
Urs von Balthasar, Joseph
Ratzinger, and J.R.R. Tolkien, and a co-founder of the international
Bouyer was a former Lutheran minister who entered the Catholic Church in
He became a leading figure in the Catholic biblical and liturgical movements
of the twentieth century, was on influence on the Second Vatican Council,
and became well known for his excellent books on history of Christian spirituality.
In addition to his many writings, Bouyer lectured widely across Europe and
in the Church (with an epilogue by Balthasar and an essay by C.S.
Lewis), was one of the first three books published by Ignatius Press, in
1979. Other Ignatius Press books by Bouyer include The
Word, Church, and Sacraments in Protestantism and Catholicism, Women
Mystics, and the introduction to John
Henry Newman: Prayers, Verses, Devotions (Bouyer wrote a biography
Related IgnatiusInsight.com articles:
Woman", an excerpt from Woman in the Church, by Louis Bouyer
Makes Protestantism Tick: Louis Bouyer on the Reformation" by Mark