Exegete and liturgist; b. Unterroth, near Ulm, Jan. 21, 1825; d. Eichstätt, Sept. 17, 1891. He was professor of scripture, pastoral theology, and liturgy, and head of the Georgianum, a seminary in Munich. His unshaken Catholic loyalty, scholarship, and gifts as a teacher marked him as a distinguished educator of priests. Through his two-volume Handbuch der katholischen Liturgik (Freiburg 1883–93), he awakened interest in genuine liturgical science in the 19th century. Without rejecting symbolic explanations, he gave precedence to historical method. Even today, the specifically theological sections of his work are of great interest.
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