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Pope gives medal to ex-student

Benedict XVI has awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal to Fr D Vincent Twomey, SVD, professor emeritus of moral theology in Maynooth

By on Thursday, 10 November 2011

Cardinal Burke confers the award on Fr Twomey in Rome  (Photo: Terry Pender)

Cardinal Burke confers the award on Fr Twomey in Rome (Photo: Terry Pender)

Benedict XVI has awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal to Fr D Vincent Twomey, SVD, professor emeritus of moral theology at St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Co Kildare, and chairman of the Fota International Liturgy Conference.

The medal was given to Fr Twomey for outstanding services rendered to the Church and to the Holy Father.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, conferred the award in Rome on October 10.

Born in Cork in 1941, Fr Twomey attended the Christian Brothers College. He entered the Divine Word Missionaries in 1963. After philosophical studies at Donamon, Co Roscommon, and theological studies at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he was ordained on January 6 1970.

After ordination he spent a term in Münster, Germany, studying under Karl Rahner, before transferring to the University of Regensburg for doctoral studies under the supervision of the then Professor Joseph Ratzinger.

On completing his doctorate in 1979 he taught at the regional seminary of Papua New Guinea and in the Solomon Islands. Having taught at the theology faculty in Mödling, Austria, in 1983, he was appointed lecturer in moral theology at Maynooth and subsequently became a professor.

He was also visiting professor at the theology faculty of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

  • Anonymous

    An american in maynooth?  why doesn’t the man in red attend to his own business?  Why doesn’t the man in black run his own dysfunctional community back in Maynooth?  One only needs to read the reaction of the Irish public to Twomey’s op-ed in the irish times to know its daft.  This tone deaf church just doesn’t know how to live the wake of their own sins and transgressions.  Don’t give an award to a “moral theologian” in a country where hundreds of priests and religious raped children and adolescences, including those in his own order!

  • Eamonn Gaines

    Fr Twomey was never the President of Maynooth College, he was just one of the professors. Whatever might be said about the flaws of Maynooth, Vincent Twomey was not one of them; I know from personal experience that he is both orthodox & sensible. The fact that his contributions to public debate have been derided says a lot more about the vicious nastiness of the soi-disant intellectual class in Ireland than it does about Fr Twomey.

  • Anthony Ledwith

    Vincent Twomey made the truly bizarre claim that Nazi antisemitism was the result of atheism. Really? Not the antisemitic works of Christian theologians since the Fathers of the Church? Not the declamation by the Popes that: “The Bible itself says that the Jews are an accursed people.”(Pope Clement VIII); or  “… Your Excellency having issued a certain ordinance against the perfidy of the Jews, those to whom it related attempted to bend the rectitude of your mind by offering a sum of money; which your Excellency scorned, and, seeking to satisfy the judgment of Almighty God, preferred innocence to gold.” (Pope Gregory the Great) etc., etc.

    It’s amazing really that these newfangled Atheists came up with genocidal antisemitism all on their own, just as Vincent Twomey (comically called professor of “moral” theology in Maynooth) claims. But he’s a liar and a charlatan, isn’t he?

  • Anthony Ledwith

     And of course: Not the many antisemitic works of arch-Jew-hater Martin Luther? Honestly, anyone who thinks that atheism can be the reason for Nazi antisemitism ought to read a little history. Vincent Twomey is an ignorant charlatan.