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Ida Friederike Görres—Trusting the Church

By James T. Majewski ( bio - articles - email ) | Jun 15, 2021 | In Catholic Culture Audiobooks (Podcast)

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“What is up to us is to plead without ceasing for discernment and love, for justice and patience—and for unshakable love for the Church. Because only the lover discerns. And what people who do not love her, maybe secretly hate her, tell us about her need not frighten us.”

Born in 1901, Ida Friederike Görres was an historically significant, but today often overlooked, figure in the early twentieth-century German Catholic Renewal movement. In fact, then-Fr. Joseph Ratzinger eulogized her at her funeral in 1971. Today, fifty years after her death, there is renewed interest in her works.

A student of political science, history, church history, theology, and philosophy, she later worked for the diocese of Dresden-Meissen as “Diocesan Secretary for Young Women’s Ministry”. After her marriage, Görres devoted herself increasingly to her work as a writer and theologian in service to the Church.

She published many lengthy works, as well as lectures and shorter writings on current issues in the Church. She lived through the Second Vatican Council, and though she welcomed the Council with joy, she would track later developments within the Church with concernas evidenced by this lecture given in 1970, only one year before her death.

Narrated by Karina Majewski.


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James T. Majewski is Director of Customer Relations for, the “voice” of Catholic Culture Audiobooks, and co-host of Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. Based in New York City, he holds both a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Acting. See full bio.

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