A few months before the Philippine visit of Pope Francis, the pontiff appointed appointed a Filipino priest as a new member of the International Theological Commission.
An article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website said Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner 3rd, O.P. was appointed by Francis to the commission for a term of five years.
“Pope Francis named thirty new members of the said commission, all of whom are theologians from different countries,” the CBCP article said.
Now the only Filipino member of the commission, Timoner will serve it from 2014 to 2019.
The commission was established by the Servant of God Paul VI in 1969. It aims to examine questions on matters of doctrine.
At present, Timoner is the Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines.
He is also the Vice Chancellor of the University of Santo Tomas.