April 14, 2003



Noted Biblical Scholar to Deliver Inaugural Lecture at CUA


The Rev. Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., will deliver his inaugural lecture Tuesday, April 22, as the holder of the Katharine Drexel Chair of Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America.


Appointed to the chair last August, Father Moloney, a world-renowned New Testament scholar, will present his lecture titled “Can Everyone be Wrong? A Reading of John 11:1-12:8,” at 4:30 p.m. in Herzfeld Auditorium at Hannan Hall.


“Dr. Moloney is certainly the world's premier interpreter of the Gospel of John and the Johannine literature,” says Monsignor Stephen Happel, dean of the CUA School of Religious Studies. “Prolific as a writer and scholar, he is also a distinguished researcher and teacher and a well-respected colleague.


“As the director of many dissertations, he has immersed himself in the academic life of Catholic University and already made his mark in shaping our Biblical Studies program,” says Monsignor Happel. “His work will continue in his many doctoral students and in the ways in which his good humor, intelligence and personal charisma have affected our school.”


Following an international search, Father Moloney was appointed a professor of New Testament at CUA in January 1999. Prior to that, he served for five years as the Foundation Professor of Theology at Australian Catholic University in Sydney and Melbourne.


Born in Melbourne, Father Moloney has been a member since 1984 of the International Theological Commission, an advisory council for the Vatican’s doctrinal policy setting body, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In August, 2001, he was elected president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, the first non-U.S. citizen ever to hold this prestigious position.


An associate editor of “The Catholic Biblical Quarterly,” Father Moloney is the author of 36 books and numerous journal articles. His most recent books are The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary, published in 2002, and A Hard Saying: The Gospel and Culture, published in 2001.  


Father Moloney earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and history at the University of Melbourne, a licentiate in sacred theology at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, a licentiate in Biblical studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a doctor of philosophy in Biblical Studies at the University of Oxford in England. 


Sponsored by the CUA School of Religious Studies, the lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, call 202-319-5683.


MEDIA:  Those interested in covering the event must contact Chris Harrison or Victor Nakas at 202-319-5600.