His Excellency the Most Reverend Gerhard ...

His Excellency the Most Reverend Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Bishop of Regensburg      
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Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Grand Cross of Merit, was born in Mainz-Finthen on December 31 1947. Up to his graduation from the Willigis-Grammar school in Mainz, he had for several years been involved in the youth work of his home parish St. Martin Minz-Finthen. After his graduation, he studied philosophy and theology in Mainz, Munich and Freiburg im Breisgau. He was an assistant at the Roman Catholic theology department in Mainz and was ordained a priest by Cardinal Volk. From his ordination up to the completion of his post-doc studies in 1985, Dr. Müller engaged in pastoral work, serving as a chaplain for three parishes. After becoming a professor at Munich University, he became involved in the pastoral work of the "Agony of Christ" parish in Munich Menzing.

The academic career of Gerhard Ludwig Müller is closely linked to now Cardinal, and former professor, Karl Lehman, under whose supervision he received his Doctor of Divinity in 1977 for his thesis on the Protestant theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bishop Professor DDr. Lehman also supervised Müller's post-doc thesis in dogmatics and ecumenical theology about the "communion and worship of the saints" in 1985. Being only 38 when assuming the chair for dogmatics at the Roman Catholic theology department of the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich in 1986, Gerhard Ludwig Müller became one of the youngest professors of the university. He has so far produced more than 100 scholarly publications. According to his webpage, his research interests include ecumenics, Modernism and the theology of revelation, theological hermeneutics, priesthood and deaconry. The fourth edition of his 900 pages thick "Catholic Dogmatics: Its Study and Practical Applications" was published by the Herder publishing company in 2001, and has already been translated into Spanish and Italian.

In addition to his teaching and research activities at the University of Munich, since 1990 Professor Müller has been a member of the Committee for Matters of Faith of the German Bishop Conference. Furthermore, in 1998 he became one of the about thirty members of the Vatican's International Theological Commission, which is currently meeting in Rome and working on a draft on deaconry. Professor Müller was appointed theological consultant (Peritus) for the Vatican European Synod in 1999 as well as the general assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2001. He has been a guest professor at universities in Cusco (Peru), Rome, Philadelphia (USA), Kerala (India), Madrid, Santiago de Compostella, Salamanca, Lugano and Sao Paulo (Brasil).

 

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