Georg Denzler

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Georg Denzler (born April 19, 1930 in Bamberg ) is a German Roman Catholic priest and professor emeritus of theology .


After graduating from the New Gymnasium in Bamberg , Denzler studied at Phil.-Theol from 1950 to 1955. University in Bamberg Catholic theology and was ordained a priest on July 31, 1955 .

From 1955 to 1959 he was a chaplain in Rehau , Scheßlitz , Forchheim and Schnaittach . In 1962 he received his doctorate at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich , and in 1967 he completed his habilitation in church history . From 1967 to 1971 he worked as a lecturer at the universities in Munich, Freising and Tübingen . In 1971 he was offered a chair for church history at the University of Bamberg . In 1998 Georg Denzler retired .

After his marriage in 1973, Georg Denzler was suspended from the priesthood by the Augsburg bishop Josef Stimpfle , in whose diocese he worked as a pastor, and his church teaching license was revoked. But he refused to be returned to the lay state.

On June 3, 2001 he was awarded the 1001 Christian Prize for critical engagement in the church by the parish of St. Michael in Schweinfurt . On July 31, 2005, he celebrated his golden jubilee as a priest with his family, as he was not invited to the anniversary celebration.

He is married to his former housekeeper and employee, they have two children.

According to his homepage, Denzler's motto is the words of Theodor Seuss Geisel : Be who you are and say what you feel! - Because those who are bothered by it don't count - and those who are counting are not bothered by it.


  • Cardinal Guglielmo Sirleto (1514–1585). Life and work. A contribution to post-Tridentine reform . (Munich Theological Studies, I. Historical Department, Volume 17; Hueber, Munich 1964)
  • Diary of the Council. The work of the third session (with Luitpold A. Dorn ) (Sailer, Nürnberg-Eichstätt 1965)
  • The Propaganda Congregation in Rome and the Church in Germany in the first decade after the Peace of Westphalia. With edition of the Congregation Protocols on German Affairs from the years 1649–1657 (Bonifacius, Paderborn 1969)
  • 4 P.-P. Joannou: The Eastern Church and the Cathedra Petri in the 4th century. Edited by Georg Denzler (Popes and Papacy, Volume 3; Hiersemann, Stuttgart 1972)
  • W. Blasig / W. Bohusch: From Jesus until today. 46 chapters from the history of Christianity. With the assistance of Georg Denzler (Kösel, Munich 1973)
  • The papacy and official celibacy , 2 volumes (Popes and Papacy, Volume 5 / I – II; Hiersemann, Stuttgart 1973–1976)
  • August Bernhard Hasler : How the Pope became infallible. Power and impotence of dogma. With a foreword by Hans Küng and an afterword by Georg Denzler. (For the paperback edition, expanded by Georg Denzler (Ullstein, Berlin 1981))
  • Why priest? (Heyne, Munich 1982)
  • The churches in the Third Reich. Christians and Nazis hand in hand? (with Volker Fabricius) Volume 1: Presentation, Volume 2: Documents (Fischer, Frankfurt 1984)
  • Resistance or Adaptation? Catholic Church and Third Reich (Piper, Munich 1984)
  • together with Ernst Ludwig Grasmück, Historicity and Faith. Commemorative publication on the 100th anniversary of Ignaz von Döllinger's death . Erich Wewel Verlag, Munich 1990
  • The forbidden pleasure. 2000 years of Christian sexual morality. 3rd revised edition, Piper, Munich 1991, ISBN 3-492-11310-9
  • Dictionary of Church History. (with Carl Andresen ), 4th updated edition, dtv, Munich 1993, ISBN 3-423-03245-6
  • The history of celibacy. Herder, Freiburg 1993, ISBN 3-451-04146-4
  • Jesus, the Christ, and his Church (with Ernst Feil) (Anarche, Inning 1993)
  • Christians and National Socialists. Presentation and documents. With an excursus: Church under socialism. (with Volker Fabricius) Fischer Taschenbuch, Frankfurt am Main 1993, ISBN 3-596-11871-9
  • Christians and National Socialists. Presentation and documents. With an excursus: Church in Socialism (with Volker Fabricius) (Fischer Taschenbuch, Frankfurt, 2nd edition 1995)
  • Dictionary of Church History (with Carl Andresen), 5th updated edition (dtv, Munich 1997)
  • Lexicon of Church History. Over 700 keyword articles (with Carl Andresen) (Bechtermünz Verlag, Augsburg 1998)
  • Resistance is not the right word. Catholic priests, bishops and theologians in the Third Reich. Pendo, Zurich 2003, ISBN 3-85842-479-X
  • Dictionary of Church History. (with Carl Andresen) Marix, Wiesbaden 2004, ISBN 3-937715-23-1
  • The papacy. History and present. , 2nd updated edition, Beck, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-406-41865-1
  • The Vatican: history, art, meaning. (with Clemens Jöckle), Primus, Darmstadt 2006, ISBN 978-3-89678-573-2
  • My 44th year - all about the celibacy law . Personal assessment of a church historian. With a bibliography. 1st edition 2015, 2nd, corrected and expanded edition, LIT Verlag Berlin - Münster 2016, ISBN 978-3-643-13212-3
  • Georg Denzler, Heinz-Jürgen Vogels, Hans-Urs Wili (eds.) International bibliography on priestly celibacy (1520–2014) . A finding aid for research and discussion. LIT Verlag Berlin - Münster 2016, ISBN 978-3-643-13276-5
  • Courageous lateral thinkers - committed to the truth. Radio portraits of fascinating characters from church and intellectual history. LIT Verlag Berlin - Münster 2016, ISBN 978-3-643-13406-6

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. FLG Wiki , accessed June 10, 2014.
  2. a b c Fifty years of priests , Georg Denzler, Kirche In , 07/2005, pp. 22–24
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