American Roman Catholic theologian
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Francis Schüssler Fiorenza was born in 1941. Fiorenza has a master of divinity and a doctor of divinity degree from St. Mary’s University and Seminary in Baltimore, as well as a doctor of theology degree from the University of Münster in Germany. While at the University of Münster, he studied under Johann Baptist Metz and Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. He’s currently the Charles Chauncey Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School.
Fiorenza taught at the University of Notre Dame, Villanova University, and the Catholic University of America before taking a position at Harvard Divinity School in 1986. His work focuses primarily on fundamental or foundational theology. He has also written on political theology, engaging recent theories of justice and the issues of welfare and work, and the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century theology, with a focus on Roman Catholic and Protestant theologians. He has published more than 150 essays, as well as several books covering the topics of political theory, fundamental hermeneutics, and fundamental theology. He received the Henry Luce III Fellowship for 2005-06 for his research in the history of twentieth-century Roman Catholic theology, specifically, the nouvelle théologie.
Published works from Fiorenza include Foundational Theology: Jesus and the Church and Rights at Risk: Confronting the Cultural, Ethical, and Religious Challenges.
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Francis Schüssler Fiorenza is an American theologian who currently holds the post of Charles Chancey Stillman Research Professor of Roman Catholic Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School. Biography Born Francis Fiorenza in 1941, as a young man he entered St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, from which he earned the degree of Master of Divinity, even though he did not intend to pursue ordination. In 1963 he won a fellowship to study theology in Germany under the Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner at the University of Munich. Because that university would not accept doctoral candidates to work under Rahner, he instead enrolled at the University of Münster, where he eventually earned the degree of Doctor of Theology, having studied under Johann Baptist Metz and Joseph Ratzinger . It was while studying there that he met his future wife, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, a feminist Catholic theologian. Rahner transferred to Münster two years later, so he was able to accomplish his original goal.
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