Studium Theologicum Salesianum
Salesian Pontifical University : Faculty of Theology - Jerusalem Campus

Carmel Myrthong earns Bachelor Degree in Theology


Jerusalem, 28 May 2016

In a packed examination hall in the Jerusalem Campus of the Salesian Pontifical University, Deacon Carmel Myrthong from India successfully completed his final Baccalaureate Exam.

The theme of his Theological Synthesis was: “The multiform analogy of the Word of God: eternally existing in the Trinity, temporally creating and animating the world, incarnate in Christ for a person’s salvation in the fullness of time, preserved and proclaimed by the Church inside and outside for universal salvation.” Deacon Carmel did the research under the guidance of Professor Pier Giorgio Gianazza. In addition to the Tutor, the examination commission had Professor Gianni Caputa as Reader and the Principal, Biju Michael as the President of the commission.

Deacon Carmel presented the theme to the audience and then faced a series of interesting questions from the examination commission. Deacon Carmel answered questions on how he would engage as a Catholic in ecumenical dialogue with Protestants who hold position of, sola Scriptura, sola fide and sola gratia. He then went on to answer the question on valid and reliable methods of hermeneutics in interpreting the Word of God. Further discussion brought him to the theme of the word of God preached in the liturgy of the Church and to the limitation of official, ministerial preaching of the Gospel being limited only to ordained ministers. The divergent interpretation of the Old Testament by Christians and Jews in the understanding of the Trinity was also discussed.

At the end of this rich discussion, Carmel was declared Bachelor of Theology, thus bringing to a glorious and fruitful conclusion, his four years of study in the Holy Land.

Deacon Carmel is expected to be ordained Priest by Bishop Victor Lyngdoh on 30 October 2016 in his home parish of Christ the King, Sonapahar in the Diocese of Nongstoin in northeast India.



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