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Essays in English

by Ida Friederike Görres
The Church

Trusting the Church: a Lecture

1970, translated in 2020 by Jennifer S. Bryson,

audio recording 2021 by Karina Majewski

A Letter on the Church

1946, translated/adapted in 1949: Dublin Review 223, no. 446 (Winter 1949): 71–89. 

[Note: this translation omits some sections from the German edition; a new translation of this letter along with Görres's response in 1947 is forthcoming.]

Liturgy, Priesthood

When Does a Person Have a Capacity for Liturgy?

(1966, translated in 2022 by Jennifer Bryson)

Women in Holy Orders?  (1965, UK) /

"Women As Priests?" This Woman Says 'No.'" (1965, USA)

Laywoman's View of Priestly Celibacy (1966)

in Theology Digest 14, no. 1 (Spring 1966): 54–59.

This article  is a paraphrase of several passages from the book Is Celibacy Outdated? by Görres (1965).

Marriage and Family, Sex and the Sexes

“Satanic," “An atheistic doctrine of woman”: A Review of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1951)

Translated by Jan C. Bentz and Jennifer Sue Bryson. Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy. Volume 49, Issue 3, 2023.

Ida Görres on the History of the Family

Ida Görres, "History of the Family," trans. Barbara Waldstein-Wartenberg, in The Chesterton Review, Volume 35, Issue 1/2, Spring/Summer 2009, 277-279.

This is an excerpt from Broken Lights: Diaries and Letters; Görres develops the ideas in this passage in more depth in her 1971 book What Binds Marriage Forever (English translation forthcoming).  The full text of Broken Lights is available at

God and Faith

The Wild Orchid and Christendom in the Novels of Sigrid Undset

(1930, translated in 2022 by Jennifer Bryson)

St. Joan

Ida Coudenhove. “St. Joan.” Saints Are Not Sad: Forty Biographical Portraits. Edited by Frank Sheed. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1949, 257–269; republished in 2023 by Cluny Media. This essay was first published in Görres's book The Cloister and the World, 93–110. It was translated by Harriette Eleanor Kennedy.

Of the Homelessness of God

in Life of the Spirit 4, No. 42 (December 1949), 4:255-264. 

The Believer's Unbelief, adapted by A.Z. Serrand

A discussion of faith and Reinhold Schneider. This text consists of commentary by Fr. A.Z. Serrand as well as passages from an essay written by Görres; these passages are a translation into English from French of a text that was previously translated from German into French. A new translation of the entire essay from German to English is forthcoming.

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