Rev Dr Robert Ombres OP

Lector, Fellow

Fr Robert was born in 1948 in Naples (Italy), and obtained the LL.B. from Bristol University, the LL.M. from London University, and was called to the Bar (Inner Temple). Having become a Dominican friar he studied philosophy and theology (STL) at the Oxford Study House, and then canon law (licence and doctorate) at the Pontifical University of St Thomas (Rome). He was elected Prior of both the Cambridge and Oxford priories. Having served as novice master, he was called to Rome to be the Procurator General of his Order (2004-2011).

He was a member of the Theology Faculty of Oxford University, and currently teaches moral theology and canon law at Blackfriars, and is Raymond of Penyafort Fellow of Blackfriars Hall. He also teaches canon law at the Pontifical University of St Thomas in Rome. He is reviews editor of New Blackfriars and on the editorial boards of the periodicals Angelicum, Law & Justice and Ecclesiastical Law Journal. He has published widely.

Select Publications:

1978  The Theology of Purgatory (Dublin)

1981  ‘The Doctrine of Purgatory According to St Thomas Aquinas’ Downside Review, 279-287

1984  ‘Latins & Greeks in Debate over Purgatory 1230-1439’ Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 1-14

1984  ‘Strikes: Reformulating Catholic Thinking in Britain’  New Blackfriars, 120-123

1989  ‘Faith, Doctrine and Roman Catholic Canon Law’ Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 33-41

1990  ‘The Dominicans in Cambridge 1238-1538’ Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum, 313-373 (with P. Zutshi)

1995  ‘The Catholic Perspective on the Family’ in D.Riches, The Civilization of Love (Oxford) 13-25

1997  ‘David Jones and the Liturgy’ The Chesterton Review, 113-125

1998  English Canon Law (Cardiff), co-edited with N.Doe and M.Hill

2001  ‘Reflections on c.868§2 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law Ius Ecclesiae, 461-474

2002  ‘La Notion d’Église Nationale – L’Église Catholique Romaine’ L’Année Canonique, 39-52

2005  ‘God, Angels and Us’ New Blackfriars, 48-61

2008  ‘L’Autorità Religiosa nei Frati Predicatori’ Angelicum, 947-963

2012  ‘Canon Law and Theology’ Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 164-194

2014  ‘The Synod of Bishops’ Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 306-318

2016  ‘Justice and Mercy’ in M.Hill et al, The Confluence of Law and Religion (Cambridge)

Email: robert.ombres@bfriars.ox.ac.uk