Author Feature: Bevil Bramwell

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Bevil Bramwell is a priest born in South Africa who now resides and teaches in the US. Fr. Bramwell has devoted most of his life preaching the word and living in the service of God, as reflected in his previous professions.

Besides priesthood, he was a professor and spiritual director in research and high schools, universities, and seminaries. As a professor, his specialty focuses on Catholic Theology, primarily on Vatican II, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Saint John Paul II. While as a spiritual director, he works on providing advice and information regarding life and prayer and resolving people’s doubts about faith and morals.

While it typically tackles the basics of Catholicism, Bevil Bramwell describes the life and process of the priesthood as a complicated one, and he wishes to help those in pursuit of it. Hence, as a devout Catholic, he has written and published five books, including undergraduate textbooks about the theology of sacraments, articles for technical, spiritual journals, book reviews, and religious periodicals.

Laity: Beautiful, Good and True: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theology of the Laity

This book discusses the time when the Catholic Laity was challenged to develop as a Laity. At that time, the work and drawings of the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar on Scripture and Tradition were a rich source of understanding about what it means to be a Laity and a Catholic man or woman.

Laity: Beautiful, Good, and True offers a comprehensive survey of von Balthasar’s theology while comparing it with other luminaries of the 20th century, which included Joseph Ratzinger, and Karl Rahner, among others. In this book, Fr. Bramwell provides numerous references to secondary literature and a considerable amount of comparison with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council as a tribute to one of the greatest theologians of the 20th century.

The World of the Sacraments: The Catholic Theology of the Sacraments

Fr. Bramwell wrote The World of the Sacraments as an undergraduate-level textbook that offers basic philosophical and theological principles. This book aims to explain the sacraments and provide a thorough historical study of these sacraments and rites. The World of the Sacraments states the high degree of consistency among the sacraments throughout the ages.

Catholics Read the Scriptures: Commentary on Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini

Pope Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini is a post-synodal exhortation that deals with how the Catholic church should interpret and approach the Bible. His exhortation concisely summarizes the theology of the scriptures in the Catholic church. Fr. Bremwell’s Catholic Read the Scriptures analyzes the usage of these scriptures in Catholic prayers, liturgies, and theologies. He also presents the possible usage of modern tools of interpretations and their limitations when dealing with the Word of God.

John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae: The Gift of Catholic Universities to the World

With his awareness of the confusion about the reasons that came about during the Enlightenment – the period when ideas about God, nature, and man were blended into developments in art and politics – John Paul II aimed to re-establish a more realistic application of these reasons. He proposed that Catholic universities should return to more comprehensive concepts of such usage still within the context of faith. Fr. Bramwell’s John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae is a commentary on John Paul II’s constitution and its application of faith and reasons that later on appears in Fides et Ratio, which argues that faith and reason are compatible.

The Catholic Priesthood: A 360 Degree View

The Catholic Priesthood is a graduate-level textbook centering on the priesthood’s theological and philosophical aspects in the Catholic church. Priesthood, in general, includes bishops and priests as they participate in different degrees, but this book focuses more on the priests. In this book, Fr. Bramwell discusses spirituality, liturgy, intellectual life, and even the life of Saint John Vianney.

These books of Bevil Bramwell center on theologies since, as a writer, teacher, and priest, he aims to share knowledge and likewise help those becoming priests and those lost in the process by teaching the basics of the priesthood. If you’re interested in learning more about it or Catholicism in general, you may purchase any of Bramwell’s boos or visit his website.


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