Klaus Gamber

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Klaus Gamber (1919–1989) was a German Catholic liturgist. Author of Die Reform der römischen Liturgie, which was subsequently translated into English and published as The Reform of the Roman Liturgy: Its Problems and Background, he was one of the principal intellectual critics of the liturgical reforms brought under the papacy of Paul VI. His critical work was praised by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and he is credited for being one of the academic inspirations behind the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, allowing broader use of traditional liturgy.


  • BALDOVIN John F. Klaus Gamber and the post-Vatican II reform of the Roman Liturgy, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Studia liturgica, 2003
  • The Modern Rite: Collected Essays on the Reform of the Liturgy by Msgr. Klaus Gamber, St. Michaels Abbey Press, 2002. 96pp. ISBN 0-907077-37-4
  • Book review, AD2000