Dr. Robert F. Gotcher

Dr. Robert F. Gotcher
PhD, Marquette University
MA, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)

Dissertation: “Henri de Lubac and Communio: The Significance of de Lubac’s Theology of the Supernatural for an Interpretation of Gaudium et Spes

Special interests:

  • English Catholic Revival, Catholic Education, Catholic Social Teachings, Ecclesiology, counterculture, de Lubac, marriage and family life, intellectual life,Latin, Lewis, liberal education, life issues, Liturgy, ecclesiastical movements, Pop culture, Prayer, ressourcement, sexuality, spirituality, theology of the body, Vatican II,
  • Research Focus: Nature, the supernatural, and Grace; The biblical roots of the liturgy; modern issues in sexuality; Gaudium et spes; the method of pro-life activism; spirituality and psychology. Catholic education


  • “History of Catholic Studies Programs.” Proceeding, 2007 Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Convention.  (2010).
  • “Invective, Irony and Sarcasm and Other Negative Rhetorical Tropes in Pro-life Rhetoric.” The Law and Public Policy Review of the University of St.  Thomas Law School (Winter, 2008), pp. 26-45.
  • “Vatican II,” “Gaudium et Spes,” “Henri de Lubac.” Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science and Social Policy.  Richard S.  Myers, ed.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press (2007).
  • “Theology of the Body: Implications for the Medical Profession.” Linacre Journal 73:2 (2006), pp.  115-131.
  • “New Ecclesial Movements and Communities: A Pastoral and Theological Challenge to the Local Church.” Fides Quaerens Intellectum, 2:1 (Autumn 2002), pp 55-90.
  • “Gaudium et Spes as a Blueprint for the Culture of Life.” Life and Learning X: Proceedings of the Tenth University Faculty for Life Conference.  Joseph W.  Koterski, S.J., ed.  Washington, D.C.: University Faculty for Life (2002).
  • Review: David Grumett’s, An Introduction to Henri de Lubac.  The Thomist 73:1 (January 2009), pp. 166-168.
  • Review: Fr.  James Schall, S.J., The Student Guide to Liberal Learning.  Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly30:4 (Winter 2007), pp.55-56.  http://www.catholicscholars.org/publications/quarterly/v30n4win2007.pdf.
  • Review: Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations.  Journal of Markets and Morality 9:1 (2006), pp.  177-179.
  • “Henri de Lubac.” Light on Dark Water blog. http://lightondarkwater.typepad.com/lodw/2015/02/52-authors-week-5-henri-de-lubac.html.
  • “J.R.R. Tolkien.” Light on Dark Water blog. http://www.lightondarkwater.com/2015/03/52-authors-week-12-tolkien.html.
  • “Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman.” http://www.lightondarkwater.com/2015/08/52-authors-week-31-newman.html.
  • “Chaim Potok.” Light on Dark Water blog. http://www.lightondarkwater.com/2015/09/52-authors-week-38-chaim-potok.html.
  • “Thomas Merton.” Light on Dark Water blog . http://www.lightondarkwater.com/2015/12/52-authors-week-49-thomas-merton.html.
  • “The Trivium” and “Logic.” Two chapters in Why Should I Learn This? e-book for Homeschool Connections (2014).  http://homeschoolconnectionsonline.com/free-ebook
  •  “The Catholic Identity of a Retirement Community.” Homiletics and Pastoral Review (Nov. 5, 2012). http://www.hprweb.com/2012/11/the-catholic-identity-of-a-retirement-community/.
  • “The Nature of a Catholic, Liberal Education.” Homiletics and Pastoral Review (November, 2011).
  •  “What Makes a Catholic Writer?”  Homiletics and Pastoral Review (April, 2008).
  • “Social Justice in Catholic Parishes.”  Homiletics and Pastoral Review (March, 2007).
  • Review: Medieval Exegesis, Vol.  1: The Four Senses of Scripture, by Henri de Lubac.  New Oxford Review (July-August, 1999), pp.  46-7.


  • Fellowship of Catholic Scholars
  • Secular Franciscan Order
  • University Faculty for Life

Contact: (414) 529-6980