Christian D. Washburn, Ph.D.

Christian D. Washburn, Ph.D.

Professor of Dogmatic Theology (2008)


Ph.D., Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., 2005
M.A., University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, 1996

Office Location: Fr. Charles Froehle Administration Bldg., Room 137

Phone: (651) 962-5792

Fax: (651) 962-5790


Mailing Address:

The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity
University of St. Thomas
2260 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

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Ecumenical Experience

2013-Present    Catholic Participant on the Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue of the United States
2011-Present    Catholic Participant on Round XII of the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue.
2009-Present    Archdiocesan Commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs
2008-Present    Catholic Participant on International Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity.
2005-2010        Catholic Participant on Round XI of the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue.
2005-2007        Catholic Participant on the U.S. Reformed-Catholic Dialogue.

Published Works:

Scholarly Articles

Washburn, Christian D. “Doctrine, Ecumenical Progress, and Problems with Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, and Eucharist.” Pro Ecclesia 26 (2017), 59-80.

Washburn, Christian D.  “The First Vatican Council, Archbishop Manning, and Papal Infallibility,” Catholic Historical Review 102 (2016): 712-745.

Washburn, Christian D.  “The Second Vatican Council, Lumen gentium, and Subsistit in.”  Josephinum Journal of Theology 22 (2015): 145-75.

Washburn, Christian D. “Transformative Power of Grace and Condign Merit at the Council of Trent” The Thomist 79 (2015): 173-212.

Washburn, Christian D. “The Shaping of Modern Catholic Anthropology in the Context of the Counter-Reformation. St. Robert Bellarmine and the Transformative Power of Grace,” in Das Menschenbild der Konfessionen – Achillesferse der Ökumene? Ed. Bertram Stubenrauch/Michael Seewald (Freiburg im Breisgau: Verlag Herder, 2015): 217-248.

Washburn, Christian D. “The Second Vatican Council and the Theological Authority of ‘Sacrosanctum Concilium’ as a Constitution,” Nova et Vetera 13 (2015): 1093–1124.

Washburn, Christian D. “The Catholic Use of the Scriptures in Ecumenical Dialogue.” in Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 2014): 63-82.

Washburn, Christian D. “The Theological Priority of ‘Lumen gentium’ and ‘Dei verbum’ for the Interpretation of the Second Vatican Council,” The Thomist 78 (2014): 1-29.

Washburn, Christian D. “St. Robert Bellarmine on the Authoritative Interpretation of Sacred Scripture.” Gregorianum 94, 1 (2013): 55-77.

Washburn, Christian D. “Papal Infallibility, Vatican I, and three 16th Century Views” Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 44 (2012): 143-170.

Washburn, Christian D. “St. Robert Bellarmine’s Theology of the Sacrament of Ordination.” Josephinum Journal of Theology (2012): 1-18.

Washburn, Christian D. “The Value of Offering Sacrifice for the Dead in the Thought of the Fathers of the Church.” Antiphon 16.3 (2012): 154-178.

Washburn, Christian D. “St. Robert Bellarmine on the Infallibility of General Councils of the Church.” Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 42, no. 1 (2010): 171-192.

Washburn, Christian D. “The Theological Writings of St. Robert Bellarmine,” The Remnant Review 4, no. 1 (2008): 73-100.

Publications to which I Contributed

Washburn, Christian D. Edited and Introduction to The Seven Last Words from the Cross, by Robert Bellarmine. i-xvii. 1933. Reprint, City: Cluny Media, 2016.

Washburn, Christian. Edited and Introduction to The Church of Christ, by Joseph Clifford Fenton. i-xviii. Tacoma, WA: Cluny Media, 2016.

From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran – Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017.  Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2013. Also published in German as Vom Konflikt zur Gemeinschaft: Gemeinsames lutherisch-katholisches Reformationsgedenken im Jahr 2017. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2013.

The Hope of Eternal Life – Common Statement of the Eleventh Round of the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue.  Edited by Lowell G. Almen and Richard J. Sklba.  Minneapolis, MN: Lutheran University Press, 2011.

Presentations and Accomplishments:

Ex inimico amicus: Catholic Teaching on Initial Justification,” Presented to the Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue, University of Mary, Bismarck, North Dakota, October 8, 2015.

“What are the Conditions for the Exercise of Authentic Teaching by the Magisterium?” Presented to the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue, St. Paul’s College, Washington, D.C., February 20, 2014.

“The Use of Scripture in Round XI of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue”, Presentation for “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church: The Catholic Seminary Professor of Sacred Scripture and the Classroom,” Monsignor Jerome D. Quinn Institute of Biblical Studies, St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, St. Paul, Minnesota, June 11, 2011.

“Catholic Mission and Ecumenism after the 1910 World Missionary Conference” Presentation for the Minnesota Consortium of Theological School’s 2010 Collegiality Day, at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, October 6, 2010.

“The Eschatological Orientation of the Pilgrim Church and the Priesthood”, Faculty Retreat, Gainey Conference Center, August 30, 2010.

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