Confraternity of Christian Doctrine approves $85,900 in grants

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine approves $85,900 in grants

[Instead of using the grants to support good catechetics, catechisms and catechists; at best they are boondoggles for projects of dubious value or not directly related to catechetics to help academics get tenure or promotions in their academic careers; at worst the grants help to undermine Christian doctrine and authentic catechetics]

Catholic World News – 11/8/17

The four grants are intended to promote “Catholic biblical literacy and interpretation”:

$11,750 to Dr. Todd Hibbard (Associate Professor, University of Detroit Mercy) for field research in Jerusalem related to his project on the rhetoric of urban destruction in the prophetic books of the Old Testament. This research will inform the forthcoming monograph, Prophets and Prophecy in Ancient Israel and Judah: A Phenomenological Approach.

$11,800 to Father Robert Lapko (Moderator for the Centre for Biblical and Near Eastern Studies of the Archdiocese of Košice, Slovakia) to provide partial financial support for continuing biblical education and formation of Slovak clergy through seminars, and intensive summer school for biblical languages, and a study trip to the Holy Land.

$17,350 to Dr. Patrick Russell (Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Scripture Studies, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Hales Corners, WI) for a project to ascertain the most effective preaching strategies employed by priests that lead parishioners to more profound encounters, focusing on the Gospel parables in the Sunday Lectionary for Mass.

$45,000 to Dr. Nathan Eubank and Dr. Markus Bockmuehl (Keble College, University of Oxford) for 12-month research project designed to contribute to renewed understanding of the relationship between Scripture and the early Christian creeds, particularly, the Apostles’ Creed.

Source: USCCB

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