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Title: The Mysterious Case of the Preface to Carlo Passaglia's De Ecclesia (1853-56)
Subtitle: Beyond Heribert Schauf and Walter Kasper
Author(s): ROSSI, Valfredo Maria
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 96 Issue: 4 Date: 2020
The article challenges received opinion concerning the authorship of one of the most beautiful ecclesiological treatises of the nineteenth century: the De Ecclesia Christi commentariorum libri quinque of Carlo Passaglia. On the basis of studies by Heribert Schauf, later taken up by Walter Kasper, this work has commonly been attributed to Carlo Passaglia and Clemens Schrader, as if they were co-authors. Examination of the relevant documents and primary sources shows, however, that the only feasible attribution is to Passaglia alone. The article is divided into two parts: the first, devoted to the status quaestionis, details the origin and establishment of the received opinion; the second part demonstrates the inconsistency and, at times, the biased nature of the theory of co-authorship. Finally, the article intends to do justice to one of the most brilliant theologians of the nineteenth century, who has long been neglected because of his unconventional personal life.