Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two more honors for Gustavo Gutierrez

He's probably one of the most honored Catholic theologians already but Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, OP is adding two more trophies to his shelf this month.

Premio Capri San Michele

On September 27th, the Italian edition of a book Gutierrez co-authored with Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prefect Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Dalla parte dei poveri. Teologia della Liberazione, teologia della Chiesa, will receive the 31st Premio Capri San Michele, one of Italy's most prestigious non-fiction awards. Last year, a book by Pope Francis, Guarire dalla corruzione, received this honor.

Gittler Prize

Fr. Gutierrez has also been named the recipient of the 2014 Gittler Prize from Brandeis University. The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize was created "to recognize outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations" and includes a cash prize of $25,000 and a medal. In announcing the Peruvian liberation theologian's nomination, Brandeis University president Frederick Lawrence said that "Gustavo Gutiérrez has dedicated his life to advocating for the poor in Latin America and worked tirelessly to establish a place for social justice within his faith. He is an excellent example of what the Gittler Prize represents." The prize will be formally presented to Gutiérrez in a ceremony and talk on Sunday, October 5th at the university.

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