Essays in English

by Ida Friederike Görres
The Church

Trusting the Church: a Lecture

(1970, translated in 2020,

audio recording 2021)

A Letter on the Church

(1946, translated 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 to her critics is planned for 2023]

Liturgy, Priesthood

When Does a Person Have a Capacity for Liturgy?

(1966, translated in 2022)

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.

Marriage and Family

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 Archive.org.

God and Faith

St. Joan

Ida Coudenhove. “St. Joan.” Translated by Anonymous. Saints Are Not Sad: Forty Biographical Portraits. Edited by Frank Sheed. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1949, 257–269.

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. 

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