- Battle lines drawn
This week produced the clearest evidence yet that the Synod Fathers are sharply divided between those who are supporting Pope Francis in his efforts to present a more pastoral vision of the Church and those determined first and foremost to emphasise its moral teaching
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The award named after Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and set up in 2010 as a “Nobel Prize in Theology” has been given to two professors: French biblical scholar Professor Anne-Marie Pelletier, and Polish expert on Catholic-Jewish dialogue Professor Waldemar Chrostowski.
Professor Pelletier is a scholar of hermeneutics and biblical exegesis who has also written two books on the role of women in Christianity. She is professor of biblical teaching at the European Institute of Science of Religions (IESR) and has taught at the Notre Dame faculty of the seminary of Paris.
Professor Chrostowski is the general editor of the journal “Collectanea Theologica” and is the president of the Association of Polish Biblicists. He teaches theology at the Warsaw Academy, now Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, and in various other universities and seminaries. He is one of the Polish bishops’ representatives for dialogue with Judaism.
The prize will be awarded on 22 November.