Franz Heinrich Reusch

Franz Heinrich Reusch (* December 4 1825 in Brilon, † March 3, 1900 in Bonn) was a Catholic theologian ( Old Testament ) and Old Catholic church historian.

Together with Ignaz von Dollinger, Johann Friedrich von Schulte and later Bishop Joseph Hubert Reinkens he laid the foundation stone for the Old Catholic Church in Germany.


Reusch in 1858 associate professor. From 1861 he was professor of Old Testament exegesis in Bonn. He was a journalist for the Church's message of " Cologne leaves " active. Reusch 1865 editor of the " Theological literature sheet ". He wrote many biographies for the General German Biography. In addition, he was editor of the Old Catholic rituals.

From 1873 to 1878 was Reusch Vicar General of Bishop Joseph Hubert Reinkens before he resigned his office in protest against the abolition of compulsory celibacy of the Old Catholic priest. In 1886 he was appointed a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.


  • Explanation of the Book of Baruch. Freiburg 1853;
  • The Book of Tobit, translated and explained. Freiburg 1857;
  • Observationes criticae in Librum Sapientiae. Freiburg 1861;
  • Libellus Tobit e codice Sinaitico editus et recensitus. Bonn in 1870;
  • Textbook Introduction to the Old Testament. Freiburg in 1859, 1864, 1868, 1870;
  • Luis de Leon and the Spanish Inquisition. Bonn 1873.
  • Bible and nature. Lectures on the Mosaic Prehistory and their relationship to the results of scientific research. Freiburg, 1862, 1866, 1870, Bonn 1876;
  • The biblical story of creation and their relationship to the results of scientific research. Bonn 1877.
  • The Index of Forbidden Books. A contribution to the churches and literary history. Bonn from 1883 to 1885. (Reprinted in 1967 by Scientia Verlag Aalen )
  • The indices librorum prohibitorum of the sixteenth century. . Tübingen 1886 ( Edition; reprints in 1961 and 1960 by B. de Graaf, Nieuwkoop )
  • ( with Ignaz von Dollinger ): The autobiography of Cardinal Bellarmine. Bonn 1887.
  • ( with Ignaz von Dollinger ): History of the moral disputes in the Roman Catholic Church. Bonn, 1888. ( Standard work )
  • The forgeries in the treatise of Thomas Aquinas against the Greeks. Bonn 1889.
  • Contributions to the history of the Jesuit Order. Munich 1894.