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Encyclopedia > Reginald C. Fuller

The Reverend Canon Reginald Cuthbert Fuller DD LSS PhD was born on 12 September 1908 in London, ordained priest by Cardinal Bourne in 1931 (Westminster Cathedral, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster),[1] and appointed Canon (hon.) of Westminster Cathedral by Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor in 2001. He contributed significantly to the advancement of Catholic life and ecumenism in England during the 20th century, notably through co-founding the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain, his collaboration as an Editorial Committee member of the first one-volume Bible commentary for English-speaking Catholics and his General Editorship of its second edition, and his work as a member of the Revised Standard Version Bible Committee and as Co-Editor of the first complete Bible translation in modern English for Catholics from the Hebrew and the Greek, as well as of its ecumenical edition. His specialist subjects are the Deuterocanonical Books and the life and work of the pioneer of biblical criticism Alexander Geddes. Westminster Cathedral is the motherchurch of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster. ... The word ecumenism (IPA: ɛkˌjuˈmʌnɪzʌm) is derived from the Greek oikoumene, which means the inhabited world. The term is usually used with regard to movements toward religious unity. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with :Apocrypha. ... Alexander Geddes (September 14, 1737 _ February 26, 1802) was a Scottish theologian and scholar. ...

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Education

For a couple of years Fuller's parents, the physician and medical author Arthur William Fuller and his wife Florence Margaret née Montgomery of St John's Wood, London, sent their son to Ealing Priory School where he happened to share classes and hone his Latin skills in contest with the 20 months younger, the later New Testament scholar and his colleague on a number of major scholarly projects, John Bernard Orchard. Recognizing his academic potential, they then decided to move their son to Cardinal Vaughan School, before sending him for the final years of his schooling to Ampleforth College.


Seminary and academic studies

Fuller attended seminary studies at Allen Hall of St Edmund's College, Ware, from 1926-1931 and was ordained priest by Cardinal Bourne at Westminster Cathedral in 1931. His academic studies at the Dominican University in Rome earned him a SThL in 1933 and a SThD in 1935, and at the Biblical Institute in Rome a SScriptLic in 1934. During 1964-1968 he took up biblical research at Cambridge University and gained a PhD.


Pastoral appointments

At various times during 1950-1994 Canon Fuller held pastoral appointments in the Archdiocese of Westminster. He served as Rector of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London (1950-1963), as Chaplain at Westminster Cathedral (1976-1978), and as Rector of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Islington (1978-1983). Since his retirement he served as Assistant Priest at the Church of St Mellitus, Tollington Park, London N4 (1983-1990, where on one occasion in the sacristy he was attacked by intruders and hit over the head with a crucifix but suffered no lasting injury), and at the Church of Our Lady and St Joseph, Poplar, London E14 (1990-1994). Thereafter he took up residence in Clergy House at Westminster Cathedral, regularly hearing Confession at the Cathedral and helping with occasional exhibitions. In 2003 he moved to Nazareth House, where on request he continues to provide spiritual guidance to his visitors on an individual basis. In criminal proceedings, a confession is a document in which a suspect admits having committed a crime. ...


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Teaching appointments

Fuller was Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Allen Hall, St Edmunds College, Ware, from 1936-1949, for the Newman Association from 1950-1954, and at St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, from 1968-1972. He then spent three years in Kenya as Lecturer in Old Testament Studies at the University of Nairobi from 1972-1975. Whilst there he availed himself of the opportunity to indulge some of his recreational interests and with members of the university staff went mountain climbing and visited Mount Kenya and the Ngorongoro Crater, and admired the wild-life in Serengeti/Tanzania and the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Biblical studies is the academic study of the Christian and Jewish Scriptures. ... The Old Testament or the Hebrew Scriptures (also called the Hebrew Bible) constitutes the first major part of the Bible according to Christianity. ... Nairobi skyline Nairobi is the capital of Kenya. ... Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya, and the second-highest in Africa (after Mount Kilimanjaro). ... Ngorongoro crater is the worlds largest unbroken volcanic caldera, sited towards the northwest of Arusha in Tanzania, and is connected to the Serengeti savannah to its immediate south. ... Serengeti is a region of grasslands and woodlands in Africa shared between the countries of Tanzania in the north and Kenya in the south. ... Victoria Falls from the far side of the gorge Victoria Falls is one of the worlds most spectacular waterfalls. ...


Other professional activities

From 1949-1990 Fuller was a member of the Society of Old Testament Studies (SOTS).


Among his involvement in major professional projects was the co-founding of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain (CBA), of which he then was Hon. Secretary from 1940-1965 and Chairman from 1968-1982. As representative of the CBA he acted in 1963 as Promoter of the English spelling of Bible names for Catholic use to the Conference of the Bishops of England and Wales (e.g. Noah, Elijah, Joshua, in place of Noe, Elias, Josue as in the Douay-Challoner Bible, based on the Latin text).


Bernard Orchard invited Fuller onto the Editorial Committee of the first one-volume Bible commentary for English-speaking Catholics, entitled A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture (1953);[2] and the Diocese entrusted Fuller in 1951 with the office of Censor Deputatus for the Nihil Obstat in its regard (cf. CHSS, p. iv). When subsequent developments – among them Vatican II and the discovery of the manuscripts in the caves at Qumran – required an updating of the commentary, he was General Editor of its second edition, entitled A New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture (1969). The Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, was an Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church opened under Pope John XXIII in 1962 and closed under Pope Paul VI in 1965. ... Qumran (Khirbet Qumran) is located on a dry plateau on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea in Israel. ...


He was, moreover, Co-Editor of the first complete Bible translation in modern English for Catholics from the Hebrew and Greek, entitled The Holy Bible – Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (1966), and its ecumenical counterpart, The Common Bible (1973). He was a member of the Revised Standard Version Bible Committee from 1969-1980 and of the Joint Committee on the Revised English Bible from 1979-1989. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Revised Standard Version. ...


From 1946-1953 he was the Editor of the quarterly journal Scripture.


Own publications

In addition to many articles and book reviews that Fuller contributed to specialist journals, e.g. Scripture Bulletin, Priests and People, The Tablet, he wrote articles on the Deuterocanonical Books for A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture (1953), A New Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture (1966) and International Catholic Bible Commentary (1996), and the articles "Alexander Geddes, 1737-1802" and "Mythology and Biblical Studies to 1800" for Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation (1999). His PhD thesis was published in 1984 under the title Alexander Geddes: A Pioneer of Biblical Criticism, 1737-1802. His friendship with Leonard Cheshire VC led to his editing a slender volume providing an insight into Cheshire's spiritual resources during his struggle with the effects of Motor Neurone Disease, entitled Crossing the Finishing Line – Last Thoughts of Leonard Cheshire VC (1998). It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with :Apocrypha. ... Alexander Geddes (September 14, 1737 _ February 26, 1802) was a Scottish theologian and scholar. ... Group Captain Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire VC OM DSO and 2 Bars DFC (September 7, 1917 - July 31, 1992) was a British RAF pilot during the Second World War who received the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that... Motor neurone disease (MND) is a term used to cover a number of illnesses of the motor neurone: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), progressive muscular atrophy (PMA), progressive bulbar palsy (PBP), and progressive lateral sclerosis (PLS). ...


Although Fuller has made significant contributions to Catholic life and ecumenism in the 20th century, and his recollections are of potential interest at least to future historians of that period, since he no longer has the necessary facilities and access to secretarial resources, the one book that he now increasingly looks unlikely to write – despite requests from among his audience and his reputation as a raconteur – is his memoirs. The word ecumenism (IPA: É›kËŒjuˈmÊŒnɪzÊŒm) is derived from the Greek oikoumene, which means the inhabited world. The term is usually used with regard to movements toward religious unity. ... A memoir, as a literary genre, forms a sub-class of autobiography. ...



This article draws on the same authoritative source as "Who's Who in Catholic Life (2005)".


 
 

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