Todd Walatka

Todd Walatka

Associate Professional Specialist

Primary Field of Study: Systematic Theology


Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Research and Training Interests

Hans Urs von Balthasar; Latin American theology; the ecclesiology of Vatican II; Theology and Racism; Reception of Jewish thought in Catholic systematic theology


Von Balthasar and the Option for the Poor: Theodramatics in the Light of Liberation Theology. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 2017.

"The Principle of Mercy: Jon Sobrino and the Catholic Theological Tradition." Theological Studies 71:1 (March 2016): 96-117.

"Church as Sacrament: Gutiérrez and Sobrino as Interpreters of Lumen Gentium." Horizons 42:1 (June 2015): 70-95.

"Witnesses as Theological Sources," in Witnessing: Prophecy, Politics, and Wisdom, ed. Maria Clara Bingemer and Peter Casarella, pp. 30-44. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2014.

"Uniting Spirituality and Theology: Jon Sobrino's Seeking Honesty with the Real." Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 13:1 (Spring 2013): 76-99.


Todd Walatka grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Dayton. After an M.T.S. and Ph.D. from Notre Dame, he took up his current position as the Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies in Theology in 2011. Specializing in contemporary Catholic systematic theology, his research includes work on Hans Urs von Balthasar, Latin American liberation theology, Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the interpretation and reception of Vatican II. He also works in the field of pedagogy and pedagogical formation, both in his role as Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies and in his research. His most recent courses taught include: Foundations of Theology; Introduction to Vatican II; Christian Traditions II; Mercy and Liberation; Fundamentals of Systematic Theology; Ecclesiology; Eschatology; and Teaching Theology. His two ongoing book projects explore 1) the history of Vatican II and 2) the theological witness of Archbishop Oscar Romero.


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