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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Death of Fr Edward Yarnold SJ, distinguished theologian
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 Fr Edward Yarnold SJ, the distinguished Jesuit theologian, died on Tuesday 23 July at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, aged 76. Edward Yarnold was born on 14 January 1926, entered the Society of Jesus in 1943, and was ordained in 1960. He studied classics at Campion Hall, Oxford, and philosophy and theology at Heythrop College. After five years teaching schoolboys Latin and Greek, he returned to the University of Oxford in 1964. He was Master of Campion Hall from 1965 to 1972 and then worked as a Tutor in Theology. He became Chairman of the University Faculty Board of Theology, and was the first Catholic priest to be made an Oxford Doctor of Divinity since the Reformation. He was President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain from 1986 to 1988. He was General Editor of the Theology Today Series and Co-editor of the Study of Liturgy. His books included "The Theology of Original Sin" (1971), "The Awe-inspiring Rites of Initiation" (1972), "The Second Gift" (1974), "The Study of Liturgy", co-editor (1978), "They Are in Earnest" (1982), "Eight Days With The Lord" (1984), The Study of Spirituality", co-editor (1986), "In Search of Unity" (1989), "Time For God (1991), Anglicans and Roman Catholics in Search of Unity, co-editor (1994), and "Anglican Orders: the Documents in the Case" (1977). Fr Yarnold was a member of the Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission, ARCIC, from its inception in 1970 until 1991. He was awarded the Cross of St Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury for his contribution to ecumenism. He was a member of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Fr Yarnold was greatly involved with the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, in the establishment and teaching of many of its degree and pastoral courses. In a tribute, Fr John Redford, a personal friend and Director, B.A.(Divinity) degree programme at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, said: "He was the most able English Roman Catholic ecumenist of the eighties. When we began the B.A.(Divinity) theology degree at the Maryvale Institute through distance learning he gave us his invaluable support, writing a course book for our students, and regularly lecturing during our residential weekends. Although his learning was phenomenal, his ability to communicate never faltered. "I was going to say 'May he rest in peace'; but, although please God he will now find his final happiness in the blessed vision of God, I cannot imagine him resting, even in heaven!" The Funeral Mass for Fr Edward Yarnold SJ is being celebrated at the Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy at 11.00am on Tuesday, 30 July, followed by burial at Wolvercote.
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