Richard Gaillardetz

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Richard Gaillardetz (-) is an American theologian specializing in questions relating to Catholic ecclesiology and the structures of authority in the Roman Catholic Church. For his dissertation he researched ‘the Theology of the Ordinary Universal Magisterium of Bishops’. He is the author of seven books, the most recent of which is Ecclesiology for a Global Church (Orbis Books).

Born in a Texas military family, he earned his BA in humanities in 1981 from the University of Texas and an M.A. in biblical theology at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas in 1984. He also received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. From 1991 to 2001 he taught at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Theology in Houston, Texas. From 2001 to 2011 Gaillardetz held the Thomas and Margaret Murray and James J. Bacik Chair in Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America and on the U.S. Roman Catholic-Methodist Ecumenical Dialogue.[1] In 2011 Gaillardetz left the University of Toledo to accept the Joseph McCarthy Chair of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College.[2]


  • The Church in the Making
  • Ecclesiology for a Global Church
  • A Daring Promise
  • By What Authority?
  • Readings in Church Authority
  • Teaching with Authority
  • Transforming Our Days
  • Witnesses to the Faith
  • Keys to the Council
  • When the Magisterium Intervenes


  1. ^ Autobiographical sketch
  2. ^ "Richard Gaillardetz". Theology Department - Boston College.