Herbert Vorgrimler

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Herbert Vorgrimler
Born(1929-01-04)4 January 1929
Died12 September 2014(2014-09-12) (aged 85)
OccupationAuthor, Theologian
Known forcontributing to the Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche[1]

Herbert Vorgrimler (4 January 1929 – 12 September 2014) was a Catholic theologian and author[2] who published over 90 books in German, 33 of which were translated into English.[3]


Vorgrimler is known for his collaboration in 1965 with Karl Rahner, SJ, on the Theological Dictionary.[1][4]

In Sacramental Theology, Vorgrimler describes a dogmatic approach to the sacraments where he follows St. Thomas Aquinas in relating the sacraments directly to Christ but he also expands on the role of the Church. Sacramental activity thus encompasses all of God's activity towards the Church because it always involves the elements of humanity and mystery / sacred. Vorgrimler is conscious of the distinction between sacramental activity and sacraments and understands the seven sacraments as existing objectively in the world, though not on their own grounds but always in relation to Christ and the Church.

List of Publications[edit]

Sacramental Theology, translated by Linda M. Maloney, Minnesota 1992


  1. ^ a b c "Der Münsteraner Theologe Herbert Vorgrimler ist tot". www.kath.net (in German). 13 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Auf kleiner Flamme". Die Zeit. 15 July 1994. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
  3. ^ WorldCat
  4. ^ Rahner, Karl, SJ, and Herbert Vorgrimler. Kleines Theologisches Wörterbuch. Freiburg: Herder, 1965. English: Theological Dictionary. Ed. Cornelius Ernst, OP. Trans. Richard Strachan. London: Burns & Oates; New York: Herder and Herder, 1965.