DR. ROGER W. NUTT
Associate professor of theology. He has previously taught at Aquinas College in Nashville, TN. His publications and research cover various areas of theological interest including christology, sacramental and liturgical theology, the theology of Charles Cardinal Journet, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas.
His publications have appeared in Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Louvain Studies, Communio, Gregorianum, The Josephinum Journal of Theology, and Angelicum.
Dr. Nutt is a member of the Editorial Board of the quarterly journal Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal, which is a publication of the Society for Catholic Liturgy. He holds the degrees of B.E.S. from St. Cloud State University, M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University, and S.T.B., S.T.L., and S.T.D. from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome.
Christus Sacerdos et Mediator: Thomistic Christology and Vatican II’s Call for Theological Renewal.
This study contributes to the discipline of theology by establishing deeper points of contact between Aquinas’s sacra doctrina and the integrated vision of theology articulated by the Council, and it does so by more fully developing the intricacies and implications of Aquinas’s theology of Christ as priest and mediator, and the conclusions that follow from this understanding. In the first chapter the nature of the renewal in the teaching of theology called for by the Second Vatican Council is examined. Once the teaching of the Council is established, the relation between this vision and the integrated nature of Aquinas’s theology is presented. The second chapter fully treats Aquinas’s theology of Christ’s priesthood and mediation. This consideration moves from a brief discussion of historical issues and the question of satisfaction theory to a presentation of the nature and effects of Christ’s priesthood, priestly sacrifice, and mediation according to Aquinas. The third chapter builds upon the general foundation laid in the second to explain the importance that Christ’s mediation has relative to the New Law and the life of supernatural grace. This chapter demonstrates how Aquinas’s understanding of Christ’s priesthood and mediation, which he wrought in his human nature, is the foundation of the Christian moral life, and is continued through the sacramental nature of the Church and the seven sacraments of the New Law. The fourth and final chapter of this work takes a few of the basic principles of Aquinas’s understanding of Christ as priest and mediator and places them in dialogue with the use of these terms in Fr. Jacques Dupuis’s theology of religious pluralism.