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Leading Jesuit biblical scholar dead at 96

December 29, 2016

Father Joseph Fitzmyer, a leading Jesuit biblical scholar, died on December 24 at the age of 96.

Father Fizmyer entered the Society of Jesus in 1938 and was ordained a priest in 1951.

An influential scholar of the historical-critical school, he authored numerous commentaries and taught at Woodstock College, the University of Chicago, Fordham University, the Weston School of Theology, and the Catholic University of America.

In addition, he served as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission from 1985 to 1996.

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  • Posted by: trini - Dec. 30, 2016 5:33 PM ET USA

    I've read several of Father Fitzmyer's books. A wonderful - and orthodox - scholar. May he rest in peace. Why has it happened - as it seems to me, from what I read about their frequent anti-Catholic decisions - that the theological faculties of so many of the Jesuit universities have abandoned the orthodox Catholicism which their Order was founded to protect, and of which these same universities were once proud defenders in the United States?