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Australian bible scholar to head major US theology school

Well-known Australian Salesian Bible scholar and author Fr Francis Moloney has been named dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

Fr Moloney, 63, has taught New Testament studies at the university since 1999.

He has been a member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission since 1984 - making him one of the longest serving members on that body - and in 2001 he was the first non-American ever to be elected president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America.

In announcing the appointment last week, university President Fr David O'Connell CM said the new dean has an international reputation "as a scholar and a professor-mentor."

Born in Melbourne and educated by the Christian Brothers, Fr Moloney joined Salesians in 1960. He pursued post-graduate studies in Rome and Oxford before serving as professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological College, within the ecumenical Melbourne College of Divinity. In 1992 he was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities - the first theologian to be given recognition by this body. In 1994 he was made a member of the Order of Australia, and in 1994 he was appointed foundation professor of theology at Australian Catholic University.

He was a founding editor of the Australian theological journal Pacifica and an associate editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. He is author of 38 books and a large number of articles, both scholarly and popular, in journals from all parts of the world.

Australian Bible scholar is new theology dean at Catholic University (Catholic News Service)

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24 Oct 2003