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Juan Chapa, Professor of the School of Theology at the University of Navarra

Antonio García-Moreno, faithful servant of the word of God (Badajoz, 1932- Navarra, 2020)

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:27:00 +0000 Published in Navarra Newspaper

It can be said that the biographical profile of Antonio García-Moreno is not linear. His life and professional career has been linked almost cyclically to various cities, which in some way define the life of this good priest and professor at Sacred Scripture.

Antonio was born in Almendralejo, capital of Tierra de Barros (Badajoz), where he forged the human, kind and leisurely figure that characterized him. But it was above all in Badajoz where he put down roots and where he lived most of his life. There he entered the seminar in 1954 and there, after graduating from the Civil Law He attended the University of Seville and completed institutional courses in theology in Rome, where he was ordained a priest in 1961. Incardinated in the Archdiocese of Mérida-Badajoz, he was Canon Lector of the Holy Cathedral Church since 1978, exercising mainly in this city his pastoral and academic work. From 1964 he was Professor of New Testament Exegesis at the seminar of the diocese and since 1968 he has taught theology at the School and at the School of Agricultural Engineering of the University of Extremadura. Antonio was, for all these reasons, well known in the capital of Badajoz. A great issue of the priests of the diocese were his pupils. There he carried out a broad priestly work, which always included the concern to bring to the field of the knowledge dissemination their programs of study more specialized.

Rome was another city to which Prof. García-Moreno was especially linked. high school In the eternal city Antonio graduated from the Pontifical Biblical Sacred Scripture in 1964 and received his doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in 1970. During his Roman years, Antonio met and treated St. Josemaría Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei, whose spirituality strongly imbued his life and ministry as a diocesan priest. Years later, also in Rome, he spent time at work as researcher of the Spanish National Church of Santiago and Montserrat, which explains part of his extensive scientific production. And next to Rome, Jerusalem. He traveled to the holy city many times on pilgrimage and spent longer periods there to take specialized courses in archaeology and exegesis at "L'École Biblique" and at the Franciscan Biblical high school in Jerusalem, taught by well-known exegetes such as Father Boismard, Father Benoit, or Father Loffreda. Thus he became a great connoisseur and lover of the Holy Land, the expert guide that one would like to bring.

Finally, Pamplona was the other city that marked Antonio's life. To support the recently started School of Theology at the University of Navarra, in 1971 he moved to Pamplona. From that year until his retirement in 2002 he spent a semester in the capital of Navarra to teach courses on St. John. In those thirty years many were the students who listened to his classes and many also those who returned to their countries or regions of origin carrying under their arms some of his books.

There is no space here to refer to the extensive academic production of Prof. García-Moreno. In any case, his work on St. John allows us to glimpse the mark left on him, among others, by Father Ignace de la Potterie. He was a cordial friend of the distinguished French exegete student in Rome. test of this is the prologue he wrote to Antonio's book, Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews. This work of Johannine Christology reflects Anthony's way of approaching the Word of God. He did so from the profound conviction that the one who was the object of his study was also the reason for his priestly life. Because Antonio was a priest in love with Jesus Christ before he was a teacher. That is the main mark that, together with his programs of study, he has left us. Thank you very much, Antonio. Rest in peace.