Friday, October 12, 2012

Father Brian E. Daley, S.J. Wins Prestigous Award

The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation, established to promote studies in theology and philosophy, will award one of its two major prizes this year to U.S. Jesuit Father Brian E. Daley, a patristics expert and professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. The other prize winner is Remi Brague, a French professor of the philosophy of European religions at Ludwig- Maximilian University in Munich.
The two will receive their prize from Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican Oct. 20. Announcing the recipients of the 50,000 euro (about $64,620) cash prize, retired Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini said that “unfortunately,” Father Daley, 72, is not as well known in Italy as Brague is. Calling Father Daley “a great historian of patristic theology,” Cardinal Ruini also said, “he has published an impressive — and I mean incredible — number of scientific articles on patristic theology, but also studies on the life and spirituality of the Society of Jesus, as well as on theological and ecumenical themes of current interest.” In addition to teaching and writing, Father Daley serves as the executive secretary of the Catholic-Orthodox Consultation for North America. The Jesuit is the author of “The Hope of the Early Church,” “On The Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies,” and “Gregory of Nazianzus,” a volume in the series “The Early Church Fathers.” He also was the English translator of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s “Cosmic Liturgy: the Universe According to Maximus the Confessor.”
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TonyD said...

If we made a list of how a Jesuit "role model" might spend money, that list should not include a 3 million dollar foundation for the study of theology.

There are many things that are not intrinsically evil, but can be quite evil when considered in their wider context. (This is not relativism. God can, and does, judge objectively in a specific context.)

I am not saying that the Pope is evil or an "evil-doer". Rather, I am saying that we must all try to use our best judgment when following in the footsteps of Christ. Also, the expectations for those in authority can be quite high -- what might seem extraordinarily high.

Fr. Jean-François Thomas s.j said...

So glad to learn that Fr. Brian Daley was rewarded. He was professor of patrology at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge in the 1980s. I was a Jesuit scholastic then and had the chance to have him as a tutor for my studies.It was good to have such a Jesuit as a guide because he loves the Lord and the Church. Such a reward given to him is the sign that the Society of Jesus is still able to give to the Church sons of faith and charity.

Anonymous said...

Is he pro-life?